Wreckage of big rig
The wreckage of the big rig. Courtesy OnScene.TV

The investigation into a big rig crash that killed one person and injured a California Highway Patrol officer prompted the closure of two lanes of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in the Castaic area Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Monday north of Templin Highway, according to the CHP and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The big rig went off the side of the freeway and ended up about 50 feet down an embankment. The Nos. 3 and 4 northbound lanes of the freeway were blocked until further notice, the CHP said at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

One person who was not immediately identified died at the scene, according to Franklin Lopez of the LACFD. He said a CHP officer was airlifted to a hospital with unspecified injuries, but information on how the officer was hurt was not immediately available.

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