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Man struck, killed running across Interstate 5 in Cardiff

Posted at 9:58 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 02:20:57-05

CARDIFF, Calif. (KGTV) - A pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday night in Cardiff after running across Interstate 5 and into the path of a car, authorities said.

The incident happened just before 6:40 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the I-5 near Birmingham Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the pedestrian, a male in his 20s, was being transported via ambulance from Tri-City Hospital to the VA Medical Center when he suddenly jumped out of the vehicle.

The ambulance was traveling between 50 to 60 mph, CHP said.

The man survived the jump but proceeded to run across the southbound lanes. He hopped the center divide and was struck by a motorist traveling northbound.

CHP said the man died in the collision.

The motorist that struck the man remained at the scene and was cooperating with officers.

A SigAlert was issued at about 7 p.m. for the three left lanes on northbound I-5. CHP reopened all lanes to traffic just before 9 p.m.