ACTON (CBSLA.com) — A Caltrans electrician was fatally struck by a big rig Thursday morning on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in the Acton area, authorities said.
The fatal injury occurred about 11:35 a.m. at Red Rover Mine Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP also reported that an unspecified crime was being investigated at the scene.
The victim — now identified as 57-year-old Jorge Lopez of Sylmar — was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Governor Jerry Brown issued the following statement about Lopez’ death:
“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Jorge Lopez, who worked each day to make our California roads safer. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and many colleagues who are mourning this tragedy.”
The governor said Capitol flags would be flown at half-staff in Lopez’ honor.
He is the 185th Caltrans employee to lose his life in the line of duty, according to the Governor’s office.
Lopez, he said, is survived by his wife Leticia and three adult children.
Caltrans said Lopez was a 16-year veteran of the department.
“Today we mourn the loss of one of our own in this tragic incident. Our thoughts and focus are on supporting the family at this time. This is an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous highway work can be,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.