A deadly crash on the 101 Freeway coming out of Studio City left one driver dead and a car split in half Thursday morning.
The crash was reported about 2 a.m. on the 101 eastbound transition to the southbound 101 Freeway near Tujunga Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers were informed of a solo-vehicle crash in which the car was cut in half, Sgt. Steve Geraty said.
The front half of the car was then struck by a second vehicle.
Emergency crews pronounced the driver involved in the original crash dead at the scene, Geraty said.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old UCLA student Sera Aintablian of Pasadena, the L.A. County coroner’s office confirmed.
There was no immediate word on the condition of the second driver.
The crash had a major impact on drivers headed from Studio City to the Hollywood area.
“This is a massive accident … in a very difficult place for commuters,” Geraty said.
Officials were forced to close the transition lanes for several hours during the investigation.
As of 7 a.m., video showed the left lane had been reopened in the area to allow some traffic through.
All lanes had reopened shortly after 7:30 a.m., according to the CHP.