Man running across I-270 is struck, killed by truck

News-DemocratNovember 15, 2013 

A man who was struck running across Interstate 270 just east of Illinois 157 on Friday morning was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County Coroner's Office.

The pedestrian was struck by a vehicle following an accident.

The initial crash happened about 6:20 a.m. The victim's name has not been released pending notification of his family.

According to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye, a sedan collided with a tractor-trailer, causing slight damage to the car's passenger side front fender. The car driver pulled off the interstate onto the left shoulder while the semi driver pulled off to the right shoulder.

The damage to the vehicles appeared to be minimal. But the driver of the car apparently tried to check on the semi driver and ran across the interstate, where he was struck by a pick-up truck and was fatally injured.

"There's a slight rise there in the road and it appears that he couldn't see oncoming traffic," Dye said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. No citations will be issued in relation to the accident, according to Dye.

Interstate traffic was diverted onto Illinois 157 for more than three hours after the accident.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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