PCH, I-10 Freeway Partially Closed After Body Found
The traffic disruptions are occurring north of the McClure Tunnel on the PCH and between the 4th Street exit and the tunnel on the freeway.
The Pacific Coast Highway and I-10 freeway were partially closed Friday morning after a body was found, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.
As of 7 a.m. local time, the northbound side of the PCH and the westbound side of the I-10 freeway were both closed with the CHP waiting to hear from the Santa Monica Police Department when the roads could open, a spokesperson for the CHP told The Hollywood Reporter.
The traffic disruptions occurred north of the McClure Tunnel on the PCH and between the 4th Street exit and the tunnel on the freeway.
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time, the westbound side of the I-10 reopened to traffic.
KTLA added that drivers who need to get back on PCH should take 4th St. and turn right on San Vicente Boulevard, then left on Seventh Street, which becomes Entrada Drive. Drivers should then make a left on Channel Road, which will lead them back to PCH.
Local media outlets reported that the body was found shortly after 3 a.m. in the No. 3 lane in the 1200 block of the northbound side of the PCH. The cause of death remains unknown, but the Santa Monica PD has told various local outlets that the victim could have been hit by a car or fallen from the cliffs.
“It came down as a possible car collision, but possibly someone fell down from the cliffs,” Santa Monica Police Sgt. Frank Marnell told the L.A. Times.
The CHP posted the below tweets about the incident.
SIGALERT:SANTA MONICA: WB I-10 AT 4TH ST.,ALL LANES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO A COLLISION BEING INVESTIGATED BY SANTA MONICA PD— CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) February 27, 2015
SIGALERT CANCELLATION: WB I-10 AT 4TH ST - ALL LANES OPEN - REF LOG 380— CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) February 27, 2015
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