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Oklahoma man dies near campground in northern Arkansas

July 30, 2019

JASPER, Ark. (AP) — The National Park Service says an Oklahoma man has died while visiting the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.

Officers say 54-year-old Troy Roderick of Cushing, Oklahoma, died Saturday after falling from the tailgate of a pickup truck on which he was riding. Officials say Roderick had been at a swimming area along the Buffalo River near the Ozark campground, and fell from the truck that was returning to his campsite.

Roderick was taken to a hospital in Harrison where he was pronounced dead.

The park service cautioned visitors to not ride on any portion of a vehicle that’s not designated for passengers, even at slow speeds.

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