A 21-year-old motorist was killed Saturday morning when he hydroplaned his car, triggering a six-vehicle crash on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood and ejecting him from his vehicle.
The crash on the northbound freeway, north of Barham Boulevard, occurred about 5:10 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officials said the motorist was a resident of South El Monte, driving a 2000 Acura sedan at an unknown speed in the No. 3 lane, which had become slick due to rain throughout the evening and light drizzle at the time of the crash.
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The driver lost control of the car, which smashed into the concrete center median.
The driver was ejected from the car upon impact and came to a rest within the center median of the southbound lanes.
Crews responded at 5:15 a.m. to the scene near Barham Boulevard and located the victims, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Three people were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Stewart said. The ages and genders of the victims were not released.
The motorist who was ejected from his car was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 5:38 a.m., the CHP said.
A Sigalert closing the northbound 1,2,3,4 and 5 lanes, as well as the southbound No. 1 lane, was issued at 5:45 a.m. and canceled at 9 a.m.