A driver was killed when a tire hit his car after flying over the center divider of the 14 Freeway in Newhall, California Highway Patrol officials said Wednesday.
The crash was reported about 2:30 p.m. when the tire came off a vehicle traveling north, on the other side of the highway, near Placerita Canyon Road.
The tire struck another vehicle, a dark-colored 2013 Hyundai, that was heading south. The driver of that car was killed, officials said. A white tarp was draped over the top of the car, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
A CHP officer said the driver killed was male, but had no other details on the motorist.
The car that lost a tire appeared to be a 1986 Cadillac. It was stopped on the right-hand shoulder several hundred feet up the freeway from where the Hyundai came to a halt.
The No. 1, 2, 3 and carpools lanes were temporarily closed, CHP officials tweeted.
Traffic was backed up in the area during the cleanup and investigation. Lanes reopened just after 5 p.m.
SIGALERT IN NEWHALL. SB SR-14 AT PLACERITA CANYON HOV, #1, 2, 3 LANES CLOSED AND NEWHALL AVE. ON-RAMP TO SB SR-14 FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION.
— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) May 17, 2017
KTLA’s Matt Phillips and Melissa Pamer contributed to this story.