INDUSTRY >> A man died and four other people were hurt in a six-vehicle pile-up on the 605 Freeway in Industry early Sunday, authorities said.
The deadly chain reaction crash took place about 2 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just north of Rose Hills Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The man who died was standing along the roadway, not inside a vehicle, when he was struck, Officer C. Izydorek of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office said in a written statement.
The circumstances of the collision remained under investigation and few details were available.
CHP logs show officials first received a report of a disabled vehicle in the carpool lane at 1:58 a.m. It had possibly struck the center divider.
Three minutes later, witnesses reported at least one additional car had smashed into the stopped vehicle.
CHP officers arrived to find four cars and two SUVs had become involved in the wreck, according to Izydorek.
“During the sequence of events, it is believed at least one of the vehicles struck the pedestrian, resulting in a fatality,” the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His identity was not available Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s officials said.
It was not clear whether he had exited the original disabled vehicle, but the Driver of 2008 Nissan Versa involved in the pile-up was unaccounted for.
A 21-year-old Seal Beach man driving a 1970 Datson 240Z in the crash suffered major injuries, Izydorek said. His passenger, a Long Beach woman, suffered injuries described as moderate.
A man and woman who were in a 1998 Toyota Camry suffered minor injuries, officials said.
A couple riding in a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban, a couple in a 2015 Dodge Durango and a man driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro were unhurt, according to the CHP.
Currently, the California Highway Patrol is looking for any witnesses who may have witnessed this traffic collision,” Izydorek said. The CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office can be reached at 562-868-0503.
Officials shut down all southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway for about seven hours following the collision, diverting traffic onto the 60 Freeway.