Man hit, killed after jumping onto I-4 in Polk

Published On: Mar 31 2014 09:16:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2014 03:24:50 PM EDT

A man was killed Monday morning after he jumped off an overpass onto Interstate 4 and was struck by a vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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I-4 eastbound was closed near Polk Parkway after the 32-year-old man, whose name has not been released, jumped off the State Road 559 overpass.  The roadway later reopened.

According to troopers, the man jumped off the overpass around 7 a.m. and was struck by a pickup truck.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford F-150 was not injured, the FHP said. 

Traffic was detoured at S.R. 559, which is near mile marker 44.  Vehicles re-entered onto eastbound I-4 by using the S.R. 559 entrance ramp, the FHP said.

Troopers initially said two vehicles struck the man after he jumped.

No other details were immediately known.


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