WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday in a crash that shut down several lanes of the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles.

The crash was reported about 10 a.m. near Santa Monica Boulevard and a Sigalert was issued a short time later, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officials say the motorcyclist swerved out of the HOV lane and crashed into a black BMW SUV. The motorcycle then caught fire, killing the rider.

SKY9 was over the scene and captured images of what appeared to be a body covered in a white sheet.

At one point, five southbound lanes were closed on the freeway, resulting in a significant traffic backup.

All lanes reopened by noon.

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