This is horrifying.
A man was killed while driving on a Los Angeles freeway early Friday morning, when he lost control of his car.
The vehicle flipped over repeatedly and ejected the motorist — who reportedly wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
The most unlikely and horrifying part of the story, though, is that when the driver was ejected, he was thrown upwards into the air with such force that he landed on the top of a highway sign over 20 feet above the road.
Police had to use a ladder to climb up the sign and cover the driver, a man in his mid-20s who remains unidentified pending family notification, with a sheet.
The body remained at the top of the highway sign while cars passed underneath for roughly three hours before firefighters closed the highway and brought the body down.
California Highway Patrol Officer Edgar Figueroa stressed how unpredictable and scary rollover crashes can be, especially when drivers don’t wear their seat belts:
“The dynamics of a vehicle collision, especially at high speeds — and including not wearing a seatbelt — anything like that can happen. Driving at a high rate of speed, not wearing (a) seatbelt, and rolling over … people get ejected out of cars like that.”
And journalists on the scene were clearly affected by the tragedy:
Sad all around.
Our thoughts are with the man’s family, friends, and loved ones during this unfortunate time.
[Image via FOX LA.]