The body of a driver was thrown 20 feet in the air from his car after it rolled over several times on a Los Angeles freeway. The man's body landed on a road sign above the freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Guin said the crash occurred on Interstate 5 north of downtown at about 7 a.m. The wreckage of the car, a black Prius, came to rest under the sign. No one else was in the car and no other cars were involved in the crash.

CHP officers climbed a ladder to reach the body, which they covered from the view of passersbys with a white sheet, as they waited for a coroner's representative to confirm the death. The body was finally removed by a fire official, who climbed up a ladder, about 9.40am, more than two hours after the crash.

The victim was described as a 20-year-old male. He has been identified but his name won't be released until relatives are notified.

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