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Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Crash On 110 Freeway

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 33-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a fiery crash with a pickup truck on the Harbor (110) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles.

The early morning accident occurred about 3:45 a.m. Saturday on the northbound 110 approaching the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin said.

The deceased motorcyclist was identified as Eugenio Lopez of Compton.

And eyewitness to the crash told authorities Lopez ended up under the truck.

According to Martin, both the motorcycle and the truck burst into flames upon impact. Three occupants in the truck were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

CHP officers at the crash said a dropped mattress may have been a factor in the crash.

The pickup driver apparently first crashed into the center divider, and Lopez crashed into the truck, Martin said.

Lopez, who had been riding a 2007 Yamaha, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the crash closed the road for four hours.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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