One man died and a suspected drunk driver was arrested following a chain-reaction crash on the westbound 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock early Sunday morning, officials said.
The California Highway Patrol reported on its incident log that the crash involved a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction.
The deceased victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. He was reportedly struck while standing outside of his vehicle after the initial wrong-way crash.
The force of the impact flung the man over the side of the freeway, witnesses said.
“I saw CHP officers looking for something, and my heart sank because I thought maybe something had come off the freeway due to the accident, whether a vehicle or person,” said Mark Selective. “And, lo and behold, there was a person laying in that culvert there, on the other side of the fence.”
Four people were hospitalized with unknown injuries, and were expected to recover.
CHP officials issued a Sigalert around 12:15 a.m. for the portion of the freeway west of North Figueroa Street, and all westbound lanes were shut down, according to a tweet.
The crash was cleared just after 2:30 a.m., and all lanes were reopened, according to an officer with the Los Angeles Traffic Management Center.
Authorities did not immediately identify the victims or the person taken into custody.
KTLA’s Juan Flores and Tracy Bloom contributed to this report.