Accidents, One Fatal, Close Interstate 49 South Of Fayetteville

UPDATE: State Police release the name of the person killed.

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Interstate 49 south of Fayetteville closed in both directions Saturday afternoon after two accidents left at least one person dead and one injured.

Arkansas State Police reported two separate accidents, one in the northbound lanes and one in the southbound lanes. The northbound lane accident happened about 4:45 p.m. and led to the death of a Rogers man.

Carl W. Larue Jr., 57, of Rogers was killed when is 2002 Victory motorcycle left the road on the left side while he was northbound on Interstate 49. The vehicle ended up in the median, where it rolled twice. Larue was thrown from the vehicle and was killed.

State Police dispatchers said one minor injury was reported in the second accident, but details were not provided. The accidents were not related, State Police said.

The Arkansas State Police sent out an alert about 5:10 p.m. warning drivers that Interstate 49 south of Fayetteville at mile marker 57 near Greenland was closed due to "multiple accidents."

The interstate reopened about 6 p.m. Saturday.