A man walking in the travel lanes of eastbound U.S. 70 near Cheek Road in Durham died before dawn Monday after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck, police said.
Jose Santos Martinez, 50, of Durham was pronounced dead at the scene.
All eastbound lanes of the highway were closed until about 7 a.m., police said. Two were opened between then and 8 a.m., when police finished their investigation and opened all lanes. They initially had closed ramps onto eastbound U.S. 70 from both directions on Interstate 85.
The Freightliner tractor, driven by David Walk of Ramey, Pa., was hauling its trailer about 4:30 a.m. when the accident happened, police said.
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The investigation was continuing, a police spokeswoman said, but speed was not believed to be a factor in the accident, and no charges were filed Monday.