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CHP Announces Preliminary Cause of Fatal 101 Freeway Crash

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A Sherman Oaks man died this morning in a crash that halted southbound rush hour traffic.

According to the California Highway Patrol's preliminary investigation, the 45-year-old driver of a silver Lexus RX300 was traveling on the 101 Freeway in the Cahuenga Pass when he struck a disabled black Chevy Tahoe blocking the number 1 and 2 lanes, which are the furthermost left lanes, at about 4:40 a.m. His identify will be released by the coroner.

The passenger of the Chevy Tahoe was already on the shoulder waiting for emergency assistance when the crash occurred. No arrests were made. A third vehicle "traveled out of control and traveled up the right shoulder embankment where it came to rest," the report added.

All lanes of the freeway were reopened at 8:35 a.m.