One person was killed following a hit-and-run crash on the 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs Tuesday morning, prompting an hourslong closure of the southbound lanes.
The initial incident was reported as a solo vehicle crash on the southbound 605 Freeway just north of the 5 Freeway transition, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident website.
Investigators later determined the vehicle was a Nissan Stanza that had been rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver before crashing into the center median, said Officer Al Perez with the CHP.
The hit-and-run victim was then struck by a Nissan Maxima, which ended up on the right shoulder. The Stanza was then struck again -- head-on -- by a Ford Fusion, Perez said.
The Fusion ended up on the right shoulder and burst into flames, Perez said.
The Stanza was then struck a final time by a pickup truck, which was later broadsided by another vehicle, Perez said.
The driver of the Stanza, who has not been identified, died at the scene, Perez said.
Three others were transported to local hospitals, Perez said.
Two of the patients were critical and the third person's condition was unknown, Perez said.
In all, at least six vehicles were involved in the incident, Perez said.
Officials issued a SigAlert just before 4 a.m. for the closure of all southbound lanes, with traffic was being diverted off the freeway at Telegraph Road.
Lanes reopened by 9 a.m.
Investigators did not have a description of the hit-and-run driver or the vehicle involved.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP at 800-835-5247.