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Unbelted driver loses control, ejected onto freeway sign

A 20 year-old-man lost control of his vehicle and was killed after being thrown out of his car


LA firefighters remove the body of a 20-year-old man who landed on a freeway sign after he was ejected from a vehicle during a fatal crash. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Brittny Mejia
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Authorities removed the body of a 20-year-old man from a 5 Freeway sign Friday morning in Glendale after the driver lost control of his car and was ejected.

California Highway Patrol received a call at 7 a.m. about the driver of a Ford Fiesta traveling recklessly down the southbound 5 Freeway just north of California 134. Shortly after, the car collided with another car, overturned and the driver was ejected, landing on the Colorado Street freeway sign, said Edgar Figueroa, a CHP public information officer.

The driver, from Burbank, was not wearing a seatbelt, Figueroa said. The Los Angeles Fire Department assisted in removing the body from the sign.

“I’ve never seen anything like this or heard anything like this,” Figueroa said. “It’s the first time.”

Officials had closed both northbound and southbound lanes on the 5, but most have since reopened.

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