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Man lands in freeway sign after being ejected from car in L.A. crash


  • The body of a driver ejected when his car rolled over several times on southbound Interstate 5 was seen where it landed on an overhead freeway sign north of downtown Los Angeles this morning. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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LOS ANGELES » Authorities removed the body of a 20-year-old man from a 5 Freeway sign this 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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