November 1, 2011
The California Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in trying to determine why a man was walking across the Ventura (134) Freeway early Tuesday before he was fatally hit by several cars, creating a gruesome scene that forced lane closures and snarled traffic. The man, who authorities did not identify Tuesday, had apparently just completed crossing the eastbound lanes near Bob Hope Drive, and was attempting to cross the westbound lanes when he was struck, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.
July 9, 2003
Ben Godar Traffic backed up on the Ventura (134) Freeway from Burbank to Pasadena during rush hour Monday morning after a car struck a horse, killing the animal but not injuring the driver. The collision occurred shortly before 8 a.m., just west of Forest Lawn Drive in Burbank. A horse on a nearby trail was spooked by a coyote, bucked its rider and squeezed through a gap in the freeway perimeter fence near a drainage pipe before running onto the freeway, said Officer Vince Bell of the California Highway Patrol.
February 26, 2003
Sections of the Ventura (134) Freeway will be closed intermittently through Friday as work continues on a $6.8 million soundwall construction project. One lane of the westbound Ventura Freeway connector to the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, while the eastbound and westbound lanes of Riverside Drive between the Ventura Freeway undercrossing and Hortense Street will be closed intermittently during that time, Caltrans officials said.
September 18, 2004
Intermittent ramp closures will take place beginning Monday and lasting through Friday on the Ventura (134) Freeway for soundwall construction. The Forest Lawn Drive onramp to the westbound Ventura Freeway will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Nighttime closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. will take place on one to two lanes of the west- bound Ventura Freeway from Forest Lawn Drive to one-quarter mile east of Buena Vista Street. Signs and detours will be posted to assist motorists.
August 6, 2003
Multiple lanes of the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway will be closed intermittently during the next several days because of sound wall construction, Caltrans officials said. One to two lanes of the freeway will be closed between Hollywood Way and Lankershim Boulevard today, Thursday and Friday. The closures are expected to begin at 9 p.m. and last as late as 8 a.m. Other sections of the Ventura Freeway as well as parts of the Hollywood (170) Freeway and some surface streets in North Hollywood will also be closed during construction.
April 7, 2007
EAST GLENDALE — A fatal head-on collision on the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway just east of the Glendale (2) Freeway early Friday morning closed all eastbound lanes for more than two hours, snarling the morning commute. A 73-year-old Burbank man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred at about 4:30 a.m. after his Chevrolet Cavalier collided with a Honda Element SUV traveling the wrong way down the eastbound lanes, authorities said. The man's name was being withheld pending the notification of his family.
August 13, 2003
Man jumps off overpass SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- A 32-year-old Hesperia man apparently jumped from the Verdugo Avenue overpass onto the Golden State (5) Freeway in what police believe was a suicide. Police were called to the scene about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, where witnesses told them the man jumped from the overpass, landing in the southbound lanes. He was struck by a car, but police said they believe he died on impact with the ground. The driver of the car was not injured.
November 4, 2011
A Los Angeles man who was struck and killed after reportedly walking across several lanes of the Ventura (134) Freeway early Tuesday morning has been identified, but officials have not released his name because he is homeless and his family has not been identified. “He has been identified,” Los Angeles County Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said. Harvey added that because the man was indigent, it has been difficult to track down next of kin. The man, 39, was fatally struck by several cars, forcing lane closures and snarling traffic from about 5 a.m. to almost 9 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
July 29, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- Being able to speak in normal tones rather than having to shout to be heard will be a nice -- and long overdue -- change, neighbors of the Ventura (134) Freeway said. The state Transportation Commission voted to allocate $226 million to build soundwall barriers along California's freeways. Locally, the Ventura and Golden State (5) freeways will be affected. Construction will begin in 2002 and take about a year, Caltrans officials said.