SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A person was struck by a vehicle and killed on Interstate 805 in the Lincoln Park area Wednesday, forcing authorities to shut down multiple freeway lanes during the busy morning commute.
The collision was reported just before 4 a.m. on northbound I-805 near Imperial Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Exact details on the collision were not immediately available, but CHP officials confirmed a person walking on the freeway lanes for unknown reasons was hit by several vehicles and died at the scene.
The crash during the beginning of the morning commute forced authorities to shut down all northbound lanes and divert traffic off I-805 prior to 47th Street.
Some motorists stranded on the freeway were seen reversing course on the lanes and driving in the opposite direction to exit the traffic.
Some drivers caught in the traffic jam on NB I-805 near Imperial Ave. this morning reversed course on the freeway to get away from the gridlock. Lanes remain closed due to a fatal collision https://t.co/GHCQvcLHSo pic.twitter.com/doVuxtCwnN
— 10News (@10News) July 18, 2018
Additionally, northbound I-805 lanes at state Route 54 were shut down due to the incident. The eastbound SR-54 connector to I-805 was also closed, and CHP officers diverted traffic on north I-805 onto the eastbound and westbound sides of SR-54.
By 7:55 a.m., authorities reopened all affected lanes but traffic remained backed up on northbound I-805, northbound state Route 125 to SR-54 and SR-54 to Interstate 5.
The collision is under investigation.