Two pedestrians struck and killed by semi on I-80 in Clinton County

Two men died Thursday when they were struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Porter Township, Clinton County, according to state police at Lamar.

David Gallegos Flores, 29, and Jesus Chavez Jr., both of Baltimore, were walking on I-80 near Exit 173 at 2:55 a.m. when they were hit by a Freightliner driven by Carlos Freitas-Diaz, 41, of Arlington, N.J., according to police.

Flores and Chavez were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna. The cause of death for both was blunt force trauma.

Police said the men were in the roadway near the westbound exit at the time of the accident.

Freitas-Diaz, who wasn’t injured, was driving 60 to 65 mph when he struck the men, police said.

The crash is under investigation.