LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A construction worker was killed early Thursday morning in west Los Angeles while working on the 405 Freeway widening project.

The accident happened around 3 a.m. in the 11000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, between Sawtelle and the freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

The worker, an unidentified middle-aged Hispanic man, was killed when a 3,000-pound steel beam being loaded onto a truck fell on him, according to officials.

He died at the scene. The victim was employed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a contractor hired by Caltrans for the more than $1 billion 405 Freeway Improvements Project.

A city crisis counseling team was sent to the scene.

The southbound Santa Monica off-ramp was closed while the CHP and Cal-OSHA conducted an investigation.


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