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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- An elderly man with a history of Alzheimer s was struck and killed as he pushed a trash can on I-45 north of Houston, troopers said early Friday.

Houston TransStar reported the incident just before 6 a.m.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 74-year-old Bobby Lee Poe was struck by a car in the freeway s southbound lanes near Woodlands Parkway. He died at the scene.

Troopers said Poe lived not far from where the incident occurred.

Officials closed the freeway s southbound lanes for more than two hours during the investigation.

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