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Deadly crash closes I-49 southbound in Grandview for more than 2 hours

Police I pedestrian struck, killed near Main St.
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Posted at 6:44 AM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-08 08:54:08-04

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Interstate 49 southbound was closed in Grandview for two hours Monday morning after a deadly crash.

The incident happened around 4:15 a.m. just south of the Main Street exit.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the highway, according to Grandview police.

The person, identified only as "a middle-aged man," walking in the interstate's travel lanes "for unknown reasons" when he was struck and killed by a box truck.

He was identified Tuesday as 61-year-old Joseph Legrotte.

“The circumstances surrounding why Mr. Legrotte was walking on the highway are still being investigated,” according to Grandview police.

The driver of the truck stopped, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Traffic was diverted off I-49 at Harry Truman Drive as investigators worked the scene.

The interstate was closed for more than two hours, reopening shortly after 6:30 a.m.