A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Springfield.

Police say the rider was headed northbound on Kansas around Bennett just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

The rider tried to stop in the rush hour traffic by ditching his bike, but hit the pickup.

Traffic has been slow going in both directions because of the crash.

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Traffic had to be shut down Thursday afternoon because of an injury crash north of Kansas and Bennett in Springfield.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m.

A motorcycle rider was hurt in the crash with a pickup.

Both of the northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews were on the scene.