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Pedestrian killed on I-540 had been in a traffic accident, Highway Patrol says

Traffic on Interstate 540 westbound backs up near the Interstate 40 interchange on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, because an incident reportedly involving a death closed travel lanes just south of I-40.
Traffic on Interstate 540 westbound backs up near the Interstate 40 interchange on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, because an incident reportedly involving a death closed travel lanes just south of I-40. N.C. Department of Transportation

A man who died in an accident on Interstate 540 on Tuesday morning has been identified as 30-year-old Ricky Lee Walker Jr. of Hillsborough.

Walker had been involved in an automobile accident on I-540, just south of Interstate 40, when he got out of vehicle and proceeded to walk along the highway, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

While traveling on foot, Walker was struck by a southbound vehicle at about 5:40 a.m., the Highway Patrol said. Investigators believe he was injured and walked into the northbound lanes, where was struck by another vehicle.

The force of the impact threw Walker into another northbound lane, where two more vehicles struck him.

Walker's body was found about one mile from his own vehicle, authorities said.

The accident snarled traffic during Tuesday's morning commute.

Police from Durham and Morrisville were on the scene, helping state troopers control traffic.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks
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