One person was killed when a car fell onto the 110 Freeway from an overpass in downtown Los Angeles, prompting the temporary closure of the northbound lanes Thursday morning.
The crash occurred just before 4 a.m. when the car drove off the West 3rd Street overpass and crashed onto the northbound side of the freeway, the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log stated.
Investigators believe the car had been traveling on the 110 Freeway and exited at 3rd Street before crashing through the offramp railing and landing on its roof, CHP Officer Roberto Gomez said.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
She told KTLA the woman was 50. However, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office later identified the victim as 89-year-old Barbara L. Hazely.
Officials initially indicated the car was struck by other vehicles on the freeway, but later said that two other damaged cars had actually struck a piece of guard railing that fell onto the freeway.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed investigators near the damaged railing on the 3rd Street overpass where the car went over the side.
Officials issued a SigAlert for the closure of all northbound lanes, just north of 3rd Street, at about 4:15 a.m.
All lanes were reopened and the SigAlert was canceled just after 8 a.m., according to a tweet from the CHP.