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Pedestrian dies after hit by semi

Vancouver police are investigating the city’s first pedestrian fatality of 2014 after a woman was hit by a semi-truck Saturday morning.

Police say around 8 a.m. the woman was crossing West Hastings Street in the crosswalk when the truck turned left off of Richards Street and struck her.

"It was pedestrians in the area that alerted the driver to the fact that the pedestrian had been hit," Sgt. Randy Fincham of Vancouver Police Department said.

"It's quite possible that the driver did not see the pedestrian at the time of the collision or immediately following the collision."

The intersection has been closed while the Vancouver Police Collision Unit investigates.

The police are waiitng to contact the woman's family before releasing her name.

Fincham said numerous witnesses are being interviewed but it is too early to determine the reason why the collision occured.

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