A fatal collision near Disney’s Central Florida parks involving a pedestrian left the interstate shut down for hours.
According to WFTV Channel 9 News in Orlando, a man was struck and killed early on Tuesday morning as he was walking across Interstate 4 near the Walt Disney World Resort. The report from Channel 9 comes from conversations with Florida Highway Patrol officers.
The tragedy was first reported at approximately 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning. According to the report, the accident happened in the westbound lanes of Florida’s Interstate 4 near mile marker 67 at State Road 536.
Per Florida Highway Patrol officers, a 61-year-old man from Orlando was walking across the interstate when he was struck by a big rig traveling westbound on Interstate 4. The semi-truck was also hauling two trailers at the time of the collision. As of the time of this publication, FHP troopers are not sure why the man was crossing the roadway.
Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 52-year-old man from St. Cloud, Florida, did not sustain injuries as a result of the accident. The driver remained at the scene of the accident, according to a crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Interstate 4 was completely shut down to westbound traffic at exit 67, where traffic was being diverted.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the westbound lanes of Interstate 4 were reopened and made available to motorists. At that time, WFTV reported that crash investigators found that as the semi-truck approached mile marker 67 on Interstate 4, “the pedestrian walked directly into its path.”
The 61-year-old pedestrian who lost his life in the accident has not yet been identified, and at this time, the crash remains under investigation.
Our condolences to both of the families affected by this awful tragedy.