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Woman lying on Alice Springs road killed

A woman has been fatally struck by a car while lying on a highway in Alice Springs. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

A woman lying on a highway in central Australia was killed when she was hit by a car.

Northern Territory Police say the 21-year-old woman was struck in Alice Springs' southern suburbs in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"Around 3:40am police received a report involving a pedestrian, who had been struck whilst lying on the Stuart Highway," a spokesman said.

Paramedics declared the woman dead at the scene.

The driver remained at the accident site until police arrived.

The Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.

It was the 11th pedestrian fatality on NT roads in the past 18 months.

The majority of victims were Indigenous and six involved hit and run incidents, according to NT police.

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