Pedestrian Struck, Killed on 5 Freeway Near Downtown LA

A pedestrian was struck and killed early Monday morning on the 5 Freeway east of downtown Los Angeles.

The victim was struck on the northbound 5 Freeway transition road to the 5 Freeway. It was not immediately clear why the victim was running across the freeway.

Lanes on the transition road were closed until about 7 a.m. as authorities conducted the crash investigation, which began after a caller told the California Highway Patrol at about 4 a.m. that a big rig was stopped on the shoulder of the road. Authorities discovered a body on the freeway near Soto Street, and later confirmed that the 21-year-old man was struck by the truck.

The driver remained at the scene and was not arrested.

A significant backup was reported from the freeway transition south to Norwalk.

Editor's Note: Initial reports indicated the victim was a woman.

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