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Published on April 02, 2024
Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving Big Rig Causes Major Delays on 134 Freeway in GlendaleSource: Google Street View

Early Tuesday morning, a fatal collision on the 134 Freeway in Glendale brought traffic to a near standstill, as reported by KTLA 5. The multi-vehicle accident involved a white Honda and a semi-truck, sealing off all but one westbound lane near Glendale Avenue after it was first reported at around 5:00 a.m., causing "pretty big backups" for those commuting into the Glendale area.

The repercussions of the crash rippled through early morning traffic, with CBS Los Angeles detailing how travelers experienced delays up to an hour from Figueroa to Glendale Avenue as of 6:00 a.m., the commuters who were already navigating this urban maze were met with an additional test of patience and fortitude enduring a tedious crawl that morphed roads into parking lots, a new wrinkle in the fabric of their daily lives.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed the death of the Honda driver, and investigations necessitated the extension of a SigAlert well past its initial expiration time of 7:30 a.m., as also confirmed by Sky5 reporter Rich Prickett of KTLA who said "We believe that the body of the person that was pronounced dead here on the westbound side of the 134 is still within that car" before efforts to clear the lanes resumed, the identity of the victim has yet to be divulged to a public bracing against the dual pangs of curiosity and dread.

Motorists were advised to seek alternatives routes, with suggestions including Colorado Street for access to the 5 Freeway or considering the 210 Freeway, with additional caution for those heading north on the 2 Freeway to sidestep the 134 Freeway interchange, drivers found themselves tangled in a web of redirection and caution tape, the choppy sea of brake lights a testament to a morning's plan gone askew.