A 39-year-old Pasadena man was killed in a crash between a vehicle and a semi truck on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar and a stretch of the freeway was closed Friday morning for an investigation into the accident.

The crash occurred near the Polk Street exit about 10:55 p.m. Thursday and spread debris in lanes of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

When officers arrived, the 2012 Cadillac the victim was driving had caught fire and he had died from his injuries, the CHP said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation and it was unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

The accident prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes of the Foothill Freeway near Polk Street for more than five hours. The freeway reopened about 4:15 a.m., the CHP said.

The name of the victim was not disclosed.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call Officer T. Herrera at 661-294-5540.

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