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Pedestrian struck, killed on 5 Freeway in Downey area

Authorities block off northbound 5 Freeway lanes after a pedestrian was struck and killed near Paramount Boulevard in the Downey area on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

March 13, 2014 4:58:41 AM PDT
A pedestrian was struck and killed on the northbound 5 Freeway in the Downey area early Thursday morning.

The circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear. It's unknown why the pedestrian was on the freeway.

The incident, which occurred at around 4:15 a.m., initially shutdown all northbound lanes near Paramount Boulevard, backing up traffic all the way back to the 605 Freeway.

One lane was eventually opened at about 5:30 a.m. Motorists were advised to take Telegraph Road as an alternate route. All lanes reopened at about 6:40 a.m.

City News Service contributed to this report.