Southbound 5 Freeway Reopens Through Downey After Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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Southbound traffic on the 5 Freeway was stalled through Downey during the Friday evening rush hour following a deadly crash involving a motorcyclist, officials said.

A downed motorcyclist was reported on the southbound lanes of the freeway near the Lakewood Boulevard exit around 4 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Elizabeth Kravig and the CHP's incident log.

Traffic is seen backed up along the 5 Freeway in Downey following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Traffic is seen backed up along the 5 Freeway in Downey following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Kravig said.

The incident had created a massive back-up in the southbound lanes that extended north past the Highway 60 interchange and spilled onto the nearby 710 Freeway, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

The lanes were eventually reopened around 9 p.m.

Coroner's officials were en route to the scene around 5 p.m., and authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.

No further details were immediately available.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.

Authorities respond to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the 5 Freeway in Downey on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities respond to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the 5 Freeway in Downey on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)