The northbound 5 Freeway in Anaheim reopened following a three-hour closure caused by a body found on the roadway on Thursday.
Authorities became aware of the body in the freeway's middle lane underneath the Magnolia Avenue overpass just before 6 p.m., after vehicles had begun swerving to avoid striking it, according to California Highway Patrol's incident log.
The northbound lanes were completely shut down until just before 9 p.m., when one lane and the Magnolia Avenue off-ramp were reopened. About 20 minutes later, the freeway had fully reopened.
Authorities were investigating how the person ended up on the freeway. Coroner's officials responded to the scene.
Some drivers may have had hours added to their evening commute as traffic was diverted to the westbound 91 Freeway, from which motorists could merge onto the northbound 605 Freeway and eventually meet back up with the 5 in Santa Fe Springs.
Aerial footage showed cars had been backed up at least 11 miles, to the Orange Crush interchange in Orange, at 6:30 p.m.