A man was killed Friday when the car he was driving rear-ended a big rig on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Santa Clarita.

California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched at about 12:15 a.m. to the freeway just north of the Golden Valley Road exit, according to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.

Manuel Luna, 26, of Palmdale died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

According to the CHP, Luna was driving a black BMW toward Golden Valley Road “at a high rate of speed” approaching a Freightliner big rig that was in the No. 4 lane ahead of him.

“The driver of the black BMW … collided into the rear of the Freightliner’s trailer,” the CHP reported. “As a result of the collision, (Luna) succumbed to his injuries while on scene. The driver of the of the white Freightliner sustained no injuries as a result of the collision. Excessive speed, alcohol and drugs may be a contributing factor for the cause of this collision; however, a thorough investigation is ongoing.”

Two southbound lanes were blocked for about three hours while an investigation was conducted. Anyone with information on the crash was urged to call the CHP Newhall Area office at (661) 294-5540.

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