A seemingly wayward pedestrian was killed in an accident with a big rig along the side of the 60 Freeway early Monday morning in Montebello.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision took place at 4:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the major freeway, just before Rosemead Boulevard.
The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead by emergency personnel upon their arrival at the scene. There is almost no available information on the deceased pedestrian at this time, only than having been struck by a large truck.
All lanes of the eastbound side of the freeway were closed down to allow for crews to clean up the accident and for police to investigate the particulars of the accident.
The lane shutdown caused major traffic backups throughout the morning, even on the westbound side. Even as part of the freeway was reopened, commuters were being encouraged to avoid the area entirely.
Anyone looking to make it through the area is being directed to the 10 Freeway, and an alternative route mapped out for drivers stuck on the 60 involved exiting at San Gabriel Boulevard, making a left at Town Center Drive, heading north at Rosemead Boulevard back to the entrance of the 60 Freeway.
There is little but speculation as to the cause of the accident, as a pedestrian colliding with a big rig along a freeway is less than a common occurrence. There is no word at this time why anyone would be on foot so near to lanes, or if the big rig was driving dangerously, though it is highly unlikely.
At this time one lane still remains closed while investigators search for anything that might provide a few answers to the wealth of questions this incident has created.
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