LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Authorities say two people died when the motorcycle they were on collided with a big rig on the Golden State (5) Freeway, causing a traffic tie-up for several hours.
California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Craycraft says the motorcycle was riding between lanes on the northbound 5 Freeway at Branford Street in Pacoima late Sunday morning when the crash happened.
Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said a male motorcyclist and his female passenger were declared dead at the scene.
The wreck occurred as dozens of motorcyclists crowded the freeway on the 28th annual "Love Ride," a mobile charity fundraiser.
Craycraft says it appears the victims were riding ahead of the Love Ride motorcyclists and were not part of the charity event.
Three of the four northbound lanes were closed for nearly three hours.
Firefighters treated two people for cuts at the scene, and took another to a hospital on a backboard.
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