Man struck by tractor-trailer in southwest Reading

Victim later died at Reading Hospital

READING, Pa. - A man died after being struck by a tractor-trailer in southwest Reading.

The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lancaster Avenue and Kenhorst Boulevard.

"When it happened, it was like surreal," said witness Diane McCaliacher. "I couldn't believe he did that, but it just looked like the gentleman was waiting for something."

Initial reports from the scene were that the victim, a man who appeared to be in his 60s, was unresponsive after being hit. He was rushed to the trauma center at nearby Reading Hospital, where he died a short time later, according to the Berks County coroner.

"The gentleman that was driving the tractor trailer, he did absolutely nothing wrong," McCaliacher said. "He was doing the speed limit. He was in the right lane."

As is protocol in such accidents, the driver will undergo testing to determine if he was under the influence of anything at the time.

A stretch of Lancaster Avenue was closed in both directions for approximately two hours while police conducted their on-scene investigation.

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