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Man struck, killed after exiting his disabled vehicle on I-285 near Atlanta

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A man was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon after he got out of his vehicle in the emergency lane on I-285 just outside Atlanta.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was originally reportedly to have been changing his tire when the crash happened. But police said later that they may not have been the case.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on I-285 southbound, just north of Cascade Road, forcing the two right lanes to be closed.

The man who pulled over into the right shoulder of the highway less than a half-mile north of the Cascade Road exit was struck and killed by a passing car, Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said.

The driver who hit the man stopped, Cpl. Lester said. But it’s unclear why he struck the victim who was in the emergency lane, though police said the incident may have been weather-related.

The investigation is ongoing and it is unclear whether the driver will be charged.

Since August, three others have been killed in similar incidents.

A brother and sister were killed Aug. 26 as they changed a tire on I-75 in Morrow.

Last month, a man was killed on I-20 near Wesley Chapel Road in DeKalb County when he stopped to help someone stranded on the shoulder of the highway with a flat tire, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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