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Big rig hits pedestrian; fatal crash snarls East L.A. commute

Big rig hits pedestrian; fatal crash snarls East L.A. commute
A fatal crash in Boyle Heights early Monday snarled traffic going through the East L.A. interchange. (KTLA)

A big rig fatally struck a pedestrian early Monday morning on the northbound 5 Freeway, snarling traffic at the East L.A. interchange.

The collision took place near South Soto Street where the 110, 10, and 60 freeways all crisscross. As a result, a two-lane transition road was down to one lane at about 4:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

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The entire road was briefly shut down before one lane was reopened. Still, the bottleneck backed up commuters driving through the interchange.

"It's pretty bad," said Officer Tony Polizzi.

A SigAlert was issued before 5:30 a.m. As of 7 a.m., delays are beginning at Boyle Heights and extending north to Norwalk.

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