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HOUSTON - A man was killed when he was struck by an 18-wheeler while walking on an elevated portion of Highway 290, authorities said.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Monday near Brittmoore Road, not far from Beltway 8.

Investigators said it wasn t known how the man got to the elevated portion of the freeway without being spotted. An 18-wheeler couldn t stop in time and struck the pedestrian, who died at the scene.

The accident shut down the inbound lanes of 290 for several hours, causing a traffic jam.

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