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5 South reopens in Burbank after fatal crash

Friday, March 26, 2010
A fatal accident shut down the 5 South for several hours in Burbank, causing major delays during the Friday morning commute.

A fatal accident shut down the 5 South for several hours in Burbank, causing major delays during the Friday morning commute. (KABC Photo)

A fatal accident shut down the southbound 5 Freeway for hours in Burbank, causing major delays during the Friday morning commute.

Authorities responded to the scene after a small vehicle collided into a big rig at 4:14 a.m. Lanes were closed, and traffic was diverted just north of the Buena Vista Street offramp.

The vehicle became wedged beneath the back of the big rig trailer. The body was removed about three hours after the crash.

Officials said the driver was declared dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not been released.

The Golden State Freeway was expected to be reopened at 7 a.m., but officials had lanes closed until just before 8 a.m. as authorities cleared the accident scene.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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