[Update: 1:16 p.m.] State police say the victim was an 18-year-old man, who they believe was trying to cross the street. Next-of-kin is being notified.
See the full update on Newton Patch.
More than three hours after a pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 128 in Newton, traffic is still backed up in the north and southbound lanes of the highway.
Reports from drivers state that traffic getting to and from Woburn is difficult. Scott Wholley, via Twitter, said that it took him 60 minutes to get from Woburn to the Lexington rest stop.
Route 128 south appears to still be at a standstill between Burlington (Route 3) and Newton, according to Google Maps traffic. The northbound side has moderate to heavy traffic through Needham to the Mass Pike.
The MassDOT Twitter account posted an update at 9:50 a.m. stating that the scene has cleared and all Route 128 lanes are open. However, there will be residual traffic delays.
According to a State Police statement, the pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 128 this morning near the Newton rest area, between Route 16 and Grove Street.
The victim was in the highway's median strip, State Police said, and may have been struck while trying to cross the highway around 6:30 a.m.
The victim has not been identified at this time.