Caltrans crash kills one in Anaheim 91 freeway tragedy

ANAHEIM A man was killed Tuesday, Aug. 29, when his auto slammed into the rear of a pick-up truck and an electronic highway sign in the eastbound lane of the 91 Freeway, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 3:27 a.m. near Tustin Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A worker who was hitching an electronic message board sign to the truck ran for cover as the auto approached, the CHP said. The contractor was outside his Ford F350 truck picking up a sign board when the driver crashed into the sign and the Ford.

The contractor jumped out of the way before the Lexus slammed into the sign, and the truck the contractor was hooking it up to.

The victim, who officials said was from the Inland Empire, died at the scene, the CHP reported. All eastbound lanes near Tustin Avenue were temporarily shut down.

Just after 5 a.m., video showed the far-right lane and the ramp were open to freeway traffic. The cause of the crash was not yet known.

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