SANTA CLARITA – A motorcyclist hit gravel spilled in the roadway and was ejected onto the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, struck by a car and killed Wednesday night, authorities said.
Keith Earl Worley, 59, of Littlerock was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which happened around 9:41 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, on southbound SR-14, south of Sand Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The gravel in roadway came from a commercial truck/trailer combination vehicle that lost about six tons of gravel from its back trailer across all lanes of the southbound 14 Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“The driver of the truck/trailer combination failed to notice he lost his load and continued southbound,” the CHP report states.
Worley was riding southbound on a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he struck the gravel and was ejected, the CHP report states, then a southbound 2002 Honda Civic struck both Worley and his motorcycle.
The Civic’s driver, a 19-year-old Valencia woman, was not injured in the collision.
“A witness to the collision called 911 and reported the license plate of the truck/trailer. The owner of the truck/trailer was notified and contacted the driver, who was directed to stop, report his location and await CHP arrival,” the CHP report states.
“At this point of the investigation, it is still undetermined what caused the bottom dump door on the truck/trailer to open,” the CHP report states.
“Alcohol or drugs is not suspected to be a factor in this collision,” the CHP report states.
Caltrans responded to the scene and closed all SR-14 southbound lanes at Sand Canyon Road, according to the CHP report. Traffic was diverted off the freeway for incident investigation and roadway cleanup.
All lanes were reopened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the CHP report.
The incident remains under investigation.