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UPDATE: Woman killed on freeway

Fatality on 210 backs up commuter traffic into SCV

Posted: August 29, 2013 7:07 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2013 5:54 p.m.

A woman was killed on the eastbound 210 freeway early Thursday, prompting a homicide investigation that shut down lanes for nine hours, snarling morning commuter traffic from the Santa Clarita Valley.

The eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed near Polk Street around 1 a.m. after a woman fell, jumped or was pushed from a car into traffic lanes, authorities said.

The woman “could’ve bailed out, jumped out of her own volition,” Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Paul Vernon told the Los Angeles Times.

“But then again, she could’ve been shot, stabbed or hit. We just don’t know.”

The car from which she tumbled swerved left and right across lanes before the passenger door opened and she fell out, the Times reported a witness said.

She was hit and killed by several cars, and investigators were treating the death as a homicide.

The freeway closure backed up rush hour traffic in the Santa Clarita Valley, both on the Highway 14 and Interstate 5 freeways and on frontage roads that can be taken through the Newhall Pass.

Two accidents occurred on the I-5 in Newhall Pass during the freeway closure, but CHP officer Francisco Villalobos said neither blocked lanes or resulted in injuries.






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