The California Highway Patrol says a 58-year old man was hit and kill by a commercial big rig while walking along I5 in Redding.
The CHP says it happened right around 8:30 Wednesday night in the southbound lanes of I5 near the Cypress Avenue exit.
A CHP sergeant on scene tells Action News Now the victim was struck by a big rig truck in the slow lane. Officers say they have no idea at this point what the person was doing on the freeway. Sergeant Dwight Tenette says all of a sudden, the pedestrian came in the roadway and the driver was unable to avoid him.
Investigators say alcohol is not considered a factor on the part of the driver. They are still trying to determine why the pedestrian was on the freeway. The man's identity has not yet been released.
The southbound lane of I5 was closed for several hours but has since been reopened.