CHATSWORTH (CBSLA) — A man was killed early Tuesday in a crash that snarled traffic on both sides of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Chatsworth.

The crash was reported just before 6 a.m. at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities said the man, who was in his 40s, got out of his disabled pickup truck in the carpool lane on the westbound side. A westbound car hit the pickup truck, and the impact pushed the truck into the man, who was flung over the center divider and into the path of an eastbound motorcycle, which then struck him.

The victim was declared dead at the scene. The car driver and the motorcyclist were treated for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Three lanes were closed on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway for the fatality investigation.

Tuesday’s crash happened less than two miles away from where two people were killed in a crash involving a wrong-way driver over the weekend.

Comments (2)
  1. This is unfortunately what happens when you take the much needed shoulder off the roads to build car-pool lanes out of them. Motorists who end up having car breakdowns have no space to pull over-to to avoid danger. Best action is to probably to stay in the car and not get out until help arrives. There have been so many fatal accidents due to stalled cars getting hit from behind, several on this very freeway.

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