A pedestrian was hit and killed by an 18-wheeler traveling south on Highway 6 near its interchange with Highway 84 on Friday afternoon, Waco police Sgt. Lester Padgett said.

Police responded at about 3 p.m., Padgett said. Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley pronounced the man dead at the scene. No autopsy was ordered.

More information will be released once he is identified and family is notified, Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

A heavy police presence halted southbound traffic after the incident, forcing drivers to exit the highway. The 18-wheeler came to a stop south of the intersection, where crime scene technicians documented the truck and officers spoke to the driver.

The man had been walking south on the highway, but it was not immediately known if he was trying to cross the highway or stepped out into traffic, authorities said.

The highway reopened by 6:30 p.m.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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