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Update: Gulfport police report traffic accident killed man sitting on bench beside beach

A traffic accident on U.S. 90 claimed the life of a man who was sitting Monday on a bench overlooking the beach and Mississippi Sound on the highway’s south side, according to the Gulfport Police Department.

Coroner Brian Switzer said late Monday afternoon that he was working to identify the victim and contact next of kin.

The Gulfport Police Department initially reported that all lanes of the beach highway were closed between 15th Street and Thornton Avenue, but spokesman Jason Ducré said westbound lanes had reopened by 4 p.m., while eastbound lanes remained closed.

Motorists should expect delays and take an alternate route while the accident is cleared. Police sent out an inital alert at 1:50 p.m., with no estimate of how long lanes would be blocked.