A fatal traffic accident on Highway 101 closed a section of the highway on the South Coast, and caused a massive traffic backup.
The accident happened at around 7:40 a.m. on the northbound 101 at Santa Monica Road in Carpinteria.
The northbound lanes of the freeway were completely closed, and traffic was routed around the scene of the accident. The backup extends for miles.
Both northbound lanes reopened a little after 9 a.m.