The California Highway Patrol says a Los Angeles freeway construction worker has been crushed to death by a 3,000-pound steel beam that was being unloaded from a truck.
Sgt. Joe Zizi says the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the Santa Monica Boulevard offramp of Interstate 405.
The offramp is part of a 10-mile freeway widening project. The work has forced two weekend closures that became known as Carmageddon I and II.
Zizi says the offramp was closed. It was due to reopen at 6 a.m. but that will be delayed.
He says the victim was a middle-aged Hispanic man but his name is being withheld until relatives can be notified.
Zizi says 10 or 15 co-workers witnessed the accident but no one else was hurt.
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