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Fatal Crash on 134 Freeway Snarls Traffic

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning, according to authorities.

A man was killed Friday in a multi-vehicle crash on the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway in Glendale, the California Highway Patrol reported. The crash near Harvey Drive was reported shortly after 7 a.m., said CHP Officer Monica Posada.

The man, who was in his 30s, died at the scene, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Authorities withheld his name, pending family notification. Three lanes remain closed in each direction of the freeway while crews work to clear the wreckage, which has snarled traffic from at least Monrovia to Burbank.

The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

Patch will update this story as more details become available.

Patch Asks: If you were caught in the traffic, how long did it take you to get to work today? Did you see any of the accident?

Elizabeth Chase September 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
It took my husband and I almost two hours, in the carpool lane (which we were all directed to vacate for several miles), to get from Monrovia to the Universal Studios area. Very sorry to hear that there was a fatality. :-(
Jay September 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Wooow breaking news!!! That happened at 7am. Been sitting on the 210 for two hours and if the "breaking news" came sooner I would have just stayed home.
Zahra Nealy September 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
So sad. I've noticed Friday commutes are normally "lighter" than any other day of the week so I knew it had to be something serious.
Melissa M. September 14, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Hey Jay? That's commuting in Los Angeles on any given day. If you want to know what happens minute by minute on the freeways here? Get either a police scanner or work for CalTrans. Don't complain to a news blog that only gets the information as fast as it's given to them. Just a tip.
VFD September 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Text and drive, the you die.
Ladybug September 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I didn't get caught in the traffic but am concerned with the number of fatal accidents that have occurred on this fwy in the past month. What is going on????
Zahra Nealy September 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I agree, especially with big rigs. I think there were two instances of Fed Ex trucks jack-knifing within the last 3-4 months.
S. Silver September 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
My comments are about accidents in the Glendale area in general. We moved here from other areas and as soon as we reported our new address to our insurance our rates went up dramatically. Reason: Number of accidents in Glendale. What is going on? Seems like many of its residents do not obey traffic laws and lack common courtesy. My husband and I encounter near accidents every time we venture out into the streets of our Jewel City. Example: The other day a driver in an older Mercedes wanted to get from the far left lane to the far right lane to make a right and proceeded to do so cutting off drivers in the adjacent lanes. THIS IS THE TYPE OF BEHAVIOR THAT LEADS TO ACCIDENTS! Something needs to be done by our police department and council members. We do not want to be involved in an accident because of these type of carelessness and inconsiderate behavior nor do we want to pay exhorbitant insurance prices.
Ms.Martinez September 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I was stuck in this traffic this morning and was also late for work. But will NOT complain about it. Nobody should. We may have sat in traffic and may have been late for work, but we are alive!! Be thankful for another day!!
Stephanie September 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
It's not the big rigs, it's the 80mph that people do along the stretch of freeway in Glendale . You fly up on someone texting or talking on the phone doing 55 or 60 and then you have to serve and brake and all He-- breaks loose. Usually someone innocent ends up dead or with damages to their car, while speedy gets away. Speed Kills period....
tjcs September 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I saw the whole thing. It was really bad. I knew he mist have died. I also saw him, prior to the accident, swerving all over the place. I even made a comment to my husband, " that guys is on something".....
LSG September 14, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I was headed east from the valley to Pasadena, with my 6 year old. We had to drive right past the overturned car, and saw the yellow sheets covering goodness knows what. When I saw that, I knew it was bad. My son was scared. Hey tjcs-- can you please tell us more about what you saw? I was trying to figure out what direction he had been traveling, and what you have to do to end up like that, so I can AVOID that happening to me. Tell us the story!
Joanne Koegl, LMFT September 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My husband was killed 13 years ago on the 134W Fwy near Pacific and every time I hear about a fatality in the Glendale area fwy it breaks my heart for the family. I live in Glendale and pay those high insurance rates. My husbands death could have been prevented if there had been a guardrail, there is now a wall and I hope because of my husband many lives have been saved because that area near the 5 on on ramp on the 134W is always having collisions. My prayers to the young man (my husband was only 40) who lost his life today and to his family that got that awful news nobody wants to hear.
Ms. Joy September 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
It is unfortunately a byproduct of the culture that overwhelmingly populates Glendale (especially the south side). Like other cultures in our world their young men are raised to be hot-headed, macho and militant, with no respect for the rights or well-being of others. I don't mean this as a prejudicial put-down, only as a factual point of information. Each culture has their own norms and priorities and raises their children accordingly. I lived in Glendale for four years and witnessed DAILY the blatant selfishness and disregard for others that, at the root, is the cause of most of these accidents.
Laurel Hiestand September 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree with Ms. Joy. I taught high school for many years and witnessed the behavior of these young men first hand. In fact, you can see them every day cruising around school around 3:15 in their late model BMW's. Every time I see one of them speeding past me on the 134 I pray they won't cause an accident. I have never seen a CHP or police car pull them over.
Betty Saleh September 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Ms. Joy has is it right. It is a cultural thing. Everytime I visit my mother in Glendale, I encounter the same kind of offensive driving. The mindset is very macho, very aggressive.
rebel mamma September 14, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Ms. Joy, Betty and Laurel - I have thing to say to you. The "factual point of information" that Ms. Joy wrote and you all eagerly agreed with is a horrible, racist statement! Perhaps you all should move to an area where there are more people "like you". And Laurel, I am so glad you are not teaching to "that" population anymore. We don't need teachers who are racists. You should all be ashamed of yourselves!
Elizabeth Chase September 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
There is a consensus (here and elsewhere) that, through Glendale, on the 134, you are liable to be hit or at least offended by a member of the 16-30 year old male demographic. What race they are...? I don't see anyone saying anything about that. I love facts and statistics, though, and I would be very interested to see what the CHP has as far as the demographic that causes the most traffic accidents in that area, and the answer may very well match up with what's being said here. Or, it may not. From my own perspective, I have witnessed this demographic in action, and I do wish they (and everyone else on the road) would drive as if they value their lives and those of others -- that's for sure. Why? Because I love everybody!
Carol Lachata September 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I have been at an intersection north of the 134 Freeway in Glendale where--despite anti-gridlock --people were crowding "me first" style into the intersection, blocking traffic that could have gone through. All traffic in both directions was effectively stopped. What floored me the most was that there was a police car right there, and he did nothing. Nada. I don't think Glendale police take their job seriously. Just last week I was reading on a national forum--Yahoo reader comments--about how bad Glendale drivers are. Its no secret that you're taking your life in your hands if you go there. Be careful, everyone.
Melissa M. September 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I didn't see any racist statement made. I saw facts being given based on statistics of Males between the ages of 16 through 30 being much more aggressive on the roads. And if the insurance rates are higher in Glendale? This means there is a reason for it. I'm tired of people labeling factual information as "racist". Sometimes? It's just the way it is in reality. Just like a LARGE percentage of hit and runs are found to be infiltrated by people who are unlicensed in this state. And I don't have to mentione what "culture" is responsible for that statistic because we all know. If we don't face up to FACTS then we will never be able to fix the problem. Otherwise you're essentially calling the Insurance companies "Racist". I carry extra insurance to cover unlicensed and uninsured drivers because I live in a high risk area. Is that "racist"? Or smart?
Hector September 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Truly sad news. Most traffic accidents can be avoided if people just use common courtesy. The one that drives me crazy is the lack of use of your cars turning signals. I can't even count how many near misses I've witnessed from this. The saying I thought my nephew is... Blinkers, they save lives.
S. Silver September 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The bad driving may very well be attributable to a certain demographic - it certainly appears that way. However, in our experience it is not only the 16-30 males, we find the same pattern of driving amongst women and men of all ages. The one thing they do seem to have in common is their ethnicity. Perhaps our police department or the dmv can shead some light on the actual statistics. Once it can be conclusively proven, what should be done about it? That is the question.
jack September 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM
They would never release that information if it was proven. God forbid they offend someone.
Melissa M. September 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Right! That's being productive. Looking at actual statistics and trying to determine a solution to the problem. People are dying over this. People claiming "racism" shouldn't stand in the way of helping to come up with a solution. Here's an analogy to consider. More Women like the Twilight Series than Men. Is that a fact based on statistics? Or Sexist. We need the learn the difference or we'll lose more people.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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