VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A 25-year-old man walked into busy Vancouver traffic Monday afternoon, and was hit by a semi-truck.
The crash scene is at East 15th and D streets. Fifteen Street westbound was shut down from the Interstate 5 south off-ramp to C Street – expected to be shut down for several hours.
Emergency personnel responded Monday afternoon to the report of a semi-truck collision with a pedestrian, Clark County Dispatch reported.
The pedestrian, identified by Vancouver police as a 25-year-old male, was taken to the hospital with ”significant injuries.” Those injuries are considered to be life-threatening.
Several witnesses administered first aid to the pedestrian immediately after the crash, said Vancouver Police Spokesperson Kim Kapp. Those witnesses are cooperating with police.
“Early indications are the pedestrian stepped into the lane of traffic and was hit by a semi-truck that was unable to stop,” Vancouver Police reported. Kapp told KOIN 6 News the semi-truck driver slammed on the brakes but still hit the man in the street.
Kapp said the truck driver is at the scene and cooperating with police.
As of 4 p.m. nearby East Mill Plain Boulevard was open, and traffic had not backed up onto the freeway.
The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating.