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Police identify central Arkansas motorcyclist killed in crash that snarled traffic

By Gavin Lesnick , Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published March 14, 2018 at 8:52 a.m. Updated March 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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This screenshot from the Arkansas Department of Transportation's IDriveArkansas map shows the scene of a fatal wreck Wednesday morning.

A 46-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a three-vehicle on U.S. 67/167 that snarled traffic during the Wednesday morning commute, police said.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. in the highway's southbound lanes at an on-ramp near Redmond Road in Jacksonville, according to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police.

Authorities say a tractor-trailer struck a motorcycle, causing Kevin Gross of Jacksonville to be thrown from his motorcycle and land underneath the tractor-trailer. Gross suffered fatal injuries as result of the crash.

The motorcycle then struck a Nissan Versa, the report noted.

Both southbound lanes were reportedly blocked for about an hour, and vehicles were diverted off the southbound highway at Main Street.

The wreck was said to be completely cleared before 9:45 a.m.

Travel conditions at the time were described in the report as clear and dry.

Gross' death was one of at least 69 fatalities recorded so far this year on an Arkansas road, according to preliminary figures.

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