Man struck, killed by semi while crossing Tacoma street

Tacoma police on Thursday were investigating after a semi truck hit and killed a pedestrian.

The collision took place about 12:35 p.m. near East 28th and East R streets.

Officers are asking drivers to avoid the area and expect closures on Bay Street.

The “investigation will interrupt traffic for a couple of hours,” the department tweeted.

The 50-year-old truck driver was traveling east on East 28th Street when he struck the man. A police spokeswoman said the driver remained on scene and did not appear to be intoxicated.

A witness said the semi driver had a green light and couldn’t stop in time to avoid the pedestrian, who was crossing the street.

The victim has not been identified.