Pacific Coast Highway, westbound 10 reopens in Santa Monica

PCH and the westbound 10 Freeway at 4th Street in Santa Monica are shut down for a death investigation

Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica has reopened after a body found on the roadway led to its brief closure early Friday morning.

The highway was opened and a closure on the westbound 10 Freeway at 4th Street was lifted about 8:10 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

“It came down as a possible car collision, but possibly someone fell down from the cliffs,” said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Frank Marnell.

The body was found about 3 a.m. just north of the McClure Tunnel where the freeway transitions to PCH, Marnell said.

Police shut down the roadway in both directions and diverted traffic off the westbound 10 Freeway at 4th Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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9:19 a.m.: This post was updated with news that Pacific Coast Highway and stretch of 10 Freeway in Santa Monica reopened.

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