I-94 reopens after woman's apparent suicide [UPDATED]

Hours after what sounds like a gruesome suicide, Interstate 94 in Minneapolis is open again.

Around 6:30 this morning, a woman walked onto the freeway near 7th street and lay down in front of traffic, according to the State Patrol. The woman was hit by several cars and killed.

The State Patrol temporarily closed three lanes going southbound to investigate, but they reopened around 8 a.m.

The death is still under investigation, and officers have yet to establish the woman's identity. Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the State Patrol, didn't return a call from City Pages immediately, but he's been reporting updates on his Twitter feed.

Here's Roeske's initial Tweet about the incident:

#MSPfatal I-94/Broadway s/b 6:43 AM, ped walked into traffic lanes, laid down on pavement, struck by multiple vehs, killed
Nov 17 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

And the most recent:

#MSPfatal 94/Broadway, victim is female, identity has not been established
Nov 17 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

We'll keep you updated as the story unfolds.

UPDATE [12:25]:

Given the nature of the woman's death -- and how hard she was struck by oncoming traffic -- Lt. Roeske says it's going to take a while to determine her identity. "It's kind of in the hands of the medical examiner to figure out who this woman is," he says.

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