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Man lands on freeway sign after being ejected from vehicle in fatal crash

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LOS ANGELES - The body of a 20-year-old man landed on a freeway sign after a horrific crash along a busy freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to officials, Richard Pananian was involved in a deadly accident on the southbound 5 Freeway, just north of the 134 Freeway overpass, on Friday morning.

"We think that this driver was driving at a high rate of speed and collided with another vehicle and, as a result of that collision, flipped over, overturned," said Officer Edgar Figueroa, with the California Highway Patrol. "The driver of that vehicle was ejected onto the freeway traffic sign."

Authorities said Pananian, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle and landed on the sign.

He was covered with a sheet, andĀ fire officials were working to remove it from the sign as of 9:40 a.m., according to KTLA.

A badly damagedĀ black car, possibly a Prius, was seen on the roadway under the sign.

Two lanes on the southbound 5 Freeway's right side were closed following the crash.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the other vehicle that Figueroa said was involved.