The crash on the eastbound side of the freeway just east of Encino Avenue occurred at 3:16 a.m when an eastbound Audi rear ended a 2003 Toyota, according to a California Highway Patrol news statement.
Following the impact, the Toyota came to a rest on the right shoulder, as the Audi traveled up the southbound embankment about 20 feet and caught fire, according to the news statement.
The driver of the Audi, a resident of North Hollywood, died at the scene, according to the statement. The motorist in the Toyota, a resident of North Hills, suffered minor injuries.
CHP Officer Alex Rubio said the crash ignited a small brush fire.
The name of the motorist who died will be released pending notification of next of kin, according to the Coroner's Office.
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