Man killed while walking on I-5; investigation causes miles of traffic

Traffic

SAN DIEGO — A man was hit and killed on the freeway near La Jolla Thursday morning, California Highway Patrol said, and a lane was closed on a busy stretch of Interstate 5 during rush hour.

The man’s body was reported in the northbound lanes of I-5 near La Jolla Parkway and state Route 52 just before 6 a.m., according to a CHP incident log. The man had been walking on that side of the freeway when he was hit by an SUV, CHP said. At least one other car then hit the man’s body.

Officials shut down the far left lane and warned the closure would slow traffic for two to three hours. SkyFOX flew overhead, showing the build-up had reached beyond Garnet Avenue by 6:45 a.m.

All lanes had reopened by 8:45 a.m., Caltrans said on Twitter. Traffic began to move through the area as usual.

A biohazard team was tasked with cleaning up the freeway. Authorities did not immediately release identifying information about the victim.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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