6th Street Viaduct closed for hours late Friday after another crash, street takeover

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LOS ANGELES, CA - July 19: Car debris from a takeover crash remains on the 6th Street Viaduct on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Debris from a car crash on the new 6th Street Viaduct. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

A car crash, followed by a street takeover, Friday night were just the latest shenanigans to temporarily close the new 6th Street Viaduct, Los Angeles police said.

The crash occurred about 9:55 p.m., forcing officers to block access to the bridge, LAPD Officer Matthew Cruz said.

The $588-million bridge, connecting downtown to the city’s historic Eastside, opened to traffic two weeks ago and has been plagued by taggers, street racers and vehicle crashes.

After a two-hour closure Friday, an estimated 200 people descended on the bridge for a "street takeover, fireworks and vandalism," the LAPD's Central Division reported in a tweet.

Central Division officials tweeted that there would be "maximum enforcement" over the weekend and that vehicles parked on the bridge will be cited or towed. Anyone present at a bridge takeover will be cited, they said.

Meanwhile, city and transit officials are looking at installing cameras, higher fencing and a traffic median on the bridge to stem future problems.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.