Caltrans Worker Struck, Killed by Big Rig on 14 Freeway

A fatal crash along the 14 Freeway in Acton prompted a SigAlert. (Credit: California Highway Patrol)

A fatal crash along the 14 Freeway in Acton prompted a SigAlert. (Credit: California Highway Patrol)

A Caltrans worker was struck and killed by a big rig on the 14 Freeway in Acton Thursday morning, officials said.

The crash was reported about 11:35 a.m. on the southbound side of the highway at Crown Valley Road when the worker, Jorge Lopez, was walking back to his vehicle. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Caltrans.

Two other employees witnessed the crash.

“It’s a very difficult job when you have vehicles flying by at a high-rate of speed,” Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said.

The crash prompted a temporary SigAlert, but the highway was eventually cleared.

Lopez, 57, was an electrician with the agency for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and three adult children, officials said.

He was the first Caltrans District 7 employee to die on the job since 2005, the agency said. He is the 32nd in the history of District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and the 185th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job, officials said.

“Our thoughts and focus are on supporting the family at this time,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a news release.

“This is an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous highway work can be.”