Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a multi-vehicle crash that left one person dead and stopped traffic for hours on the southbound 5 Freeway in the Sun Valley area Friday morning.
The crash was reported about 3:10 a.m. near the transition to the southbound 170 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Elizabeth Kravig said.
A Honda CRV had stalled in the carpool lane when it was struck by a Honda sedan, Officer Ryan Bejar said.
The driver of the CRV had exited the vehicle and attempted to warn other drivers prior to the collision, Bejar said.
The sedan was then struck by a Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle occupied by two deputies and two inmates, Bejar said.
None of the occupants of the patrol vehicle were injured, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Schrader said.
Shortly after the collision, the sedan burst into flames, Bejar said.
The occupant of the sedan, who has not been identified, died at the scene.
A fourth vehicle also involved in the crash came to a stop on the right shoulder, video from Sky5 showed.
There was no word on any other injures as a result of the crash.
A SigAlert was issued for the closure of all southbound 5 Freeway lanes near the 170 Freeway at about 3:30 a.m.
The CHP began opening some southbound lanes about 9:30 a.m. Around 1:30 p.m., the entire roadway was reopened.
KTLA's Irving Last and Gabriel Orendain-Necochea contributed to this report.