Northbound 5 Freeway Through East LA Reopens After Fatal Crash

The early morning crash left one person dead and another injured

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    Construction material from an overpass fell and smashed a vehicle that had crashed into a wooden beam on the 5 Freeway on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

    All lanes on the northbound I-5 in East LA reopened Saturday evening after an early morning crash in which a vehicle slammed into a cement pillar and caused construction material to fall on the car, killing one person and critically injuring another.

    The driver, Jose Antonio Garcia, 34, of Compton, was traveling on the northbound 5 Freeway just north of Atlantic Boulevard around 2 a.m. when his red sedan crashed, causing construction material from an overpass to fall and smash the car. Garcia was killed in the wreck.

    NB I-5 Lanes Closed After Deadly Crash

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    All lanes of the 5 Freeway through East Los Angeles were closed Saturday after an early morning crash that left a man dead. Kate Larsen reports from Commerce for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, June 28, 2014. (Published Saturday, Jun 28, 2014)

    A source at the scene told NBC4 that it appears the car was in the gore point when it crashed into a pillar that was supporting overhead bridge construction. It is unclear why the car was in the gore point, but it appears the car may have been transitioning from one freeway to the other.

    5 Freeway Shut Down After Fatal Construction Crash

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    The northbound 5 Freeway was expected to be closed until some time Sunday after a vehicle crashed into a cement pillar and caused construction material to fall. Sgt. Jose Nunez of the California Highway Patrol gives the details of the closure. Reggie Kumar reports live near Commerce for Today in LA on Saturday, June 28, 2014. (Published Saturday, Jun 28, 2014)

    Raw Video: Car Crashes, Construction Material Smashes Car

    [LA] Raw Video: Car Crashes, Construction Material Smashes Car
    Raw Video: A red vehicle was traveling on NB I-5 when it crashed into a pillar that was supporting overpass construction, causing construction material to fall and smash the vehicle. The driver died and a passenger was transported to a hospital with major injuries. (Published Saturday, Jun 28, 2014)

    All lanes on the northbound 5 Freeway at Atlantic Boulevard as well as the northbound and southbound 710 Freeway transition roads were reopened by 8:15 p.m., according to CHP.

    CHP said the structural integrity of the bridge had been "compromised." 

    The crash caused traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway to back up for miles (pictured below.) All vehicles were being diverted at the Atlantic Boulevard exit.

    Officials said a male passenger was extricated and transported to the hospital with major injuries but was in stable condition.

     

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