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5:15 P.M. UPDATE:

An 83-year-old Arkansas man who was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 49 Friday morning has died, authorities said.

The crash happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. near Bentonville.

According to a preliminary report from Arkansas State Police, John L. Ingels of Bella Vista was crossing the interstate when he was hit by a 1995 Toyota headed north.

Ingels, who suffered fatal injuries, was trying to get a chair that had fallen from his vehicle, the report states.

State police said the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the crash.

At least 340 people have died in wrecks on Arkansas roads this year, according to preliminary data.

— Jillian Kremer

EARLIER:

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Friday morning on Interstate 49 in Northwest Arkansas.

There was no immediate word on the condition of the person who was hit.

An Arkansas Department of Transportation alert characterized the wreck as a "possible fatal" crash. An Arkansas State Police official said the collision remained under investigation and troopers were at an area hospital with the individual.

The highway was closed for about an hour after the crash, which was reported shortly before 10:40 a.m. near mile marker 90. That's about 2 miles north of the Central Avenue exit in Bentonville.

Lanes were back open before noon, though the Arkansas Online live traffic map continued to show slow vehicles moving through the area. — Gavin Lesnick

CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information listed on an Arkansas State Police report, John L. Ingels' last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

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  • BEARTRAP919
    September 15, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.

    This should be classified as a Suicide, Anyone that steps out onto the Interstate is taking their lives in their hands and generally Lose. I have seen Many things Lying on the Interstate Highways, Including Money, Lots of Money one time, and A Person one Night going through Birmingham, Do not attempt to walk or cross the Interstate, You will most Likely Die.

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