A set of fatal car accidents caused authorities to shut a major Los Angeles highway Monday morning in Griffith Park. Both accidents involved either stopped or stalled vehicles and in one case sent a victim to the hospital as a precaution.
Southbound on the Golden State 5 Freeway near the Colorado Boulevard off-ramp a car stalled and the driver decided to walk across the major freeway at night. As the driver made an attempt to walk across the highway, other vehicles failed to stop in time. Unfortunately he was struck by several vehicles repeatedly at around midnight.
California Highway Patrol was amongst the first group of authorities to respond to the scene. When they arrived, they noticed that not only had the driver of the stalled vehicle been fatally injured, a four-car vehicle pileup was also caused. CHP issued a Sig Alert and shut down the freeway to allow for an investigation.
Paramedics declared the drive of the stalled vehicle who attempted to walk across the highway dead on the scene; but there were no other serious injuries reported.
At around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning, a second fatal car wreck at the interchange of the eastbound Ventura 134 Freeway and the Golden State Freeway forced CHP to yet again shut down a section of highway.
According to officials, a silver car rear-ended a black Sedan at high speeds. The black sedan was stopped on the freeway for reasons undisclosed.
The collision forced the silver car to spin off the road and catch on fire. As a precaution, paramedics took the driver to a local hospital. He is said to be doing well and is expected to recuperate from the hit.
Officers were able to extricate the driver of the black sedan from the vehicle and proceeded to make an attempt to save the driver’s life.
“They began performing CPR on him in an attempt to save his life. They were unable to resuscitate him. The fire department came and assisted him and the fire department pronounced him dead,” Officer Jeff Will said.
Authorities proceeded to close the freeway and issue another sig alert, and a few minutes before 5:00 a.m. reopened the highway.
CHP has not released the identity of the victims.
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