Authorities Tuesday identified a man killed in a big-rig crash on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in the Castaic area that left a California Highway Patrol officer injured.
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.
Richard Peter Heeschen, 58, died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office and the county fire department. His city of residence was not known.
The big rig went off the side of the freeway and ended up about 50 feet down an embankment, according to the county fire department.
Two northbound lanes of the freeway were blocked until Tuesday night while an investigation was conducted. They reopened about 8 p.m.
According to the county fire department, the CHP officer was airlifted to a hospital with unspecified injuries, but it was not immediately clear how he was injured.