Pedestrian killed on downtown freeway during morning rush hour, forcing lane closures

CHP Roberto Gomez describes ongoing investigation into fatality accident involving a pedestrian struck and killed on 5 Freeway north to the 101 Freeway. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A fatal crash closed the transition from the northbound 5 Freeway to the 101 during Thursday morning’s commute, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred about 5 a.m. when a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the freeway lanes, CHP Officer Dion Conley said.

An hours-long SigAlert was issued about 5:45 a.m., and the transition road to the northbound 101 from the northbound 5, he said.

Lanes were reopened by 8:45 a.m., Caltrans said.


Images from traffic cameras showed traffic on the 5 Freeway backed up for miles behind the closure.

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8:45 a.m.: This post was updated with lanes reopening.

This post was originally published at 8:30 a.m.