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Fatal collisions on 105, 710 freeways jam morning commute

Two people are killed in separate L.A. freeway crashes Friday, snarling the morning commute

Two people were killed in separate freeway collisions early Friday, snarling traffic throughout the Los Angeles region.

The fatal crash occurred about 3:15 a.m. near Imperial Highway on the northbound 710 Freeway, temporarily closing all lanes.

A driver reportedly was struck and killed after experiencing car trouble and exiting his vehicle, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Preciado told KTLA.

The 57-year-old Bell Gardens man had been standing outside his Ford Explorer and was waving his hands and a baseball cap in an effort to draw the attention of approaching vehicles, according to a CHP statement.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him, identified only as 38-year-old Los Angeles man, was arrested, according to the CHP.

Soon after, police responded to a separate fatal crash on the westbound 105 Freeway, where a 21-year-old Simi Valley man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed about 3:30 a.m., according to the CHP. The man, who was not immediately identified, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed just east of Central Avenue.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

SigAlerts for both crashes had been lifted by 7:40 a.m.

 

 

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