A pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Reading.

The accident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of North 5th Street, between Washington and Walnut streets.

Initial reports from the scene were that the victim suffered head and chest injuries. He was lying in the street when the first responders arrived on the scene.

Emergency crews closed North 5th Street while paramedics tended to the victim, who was rushed to the trauma center at Reading Hospital.