Man hit, killed by 2 semi trucks on I-74 identified

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A pedestrian was killed in a crash on Interstate 74 on July 31, 2019. (Owen Hoke, OurQuadCities.com)

UPDATE: The man who was hit and killed by two semi trucks after police say he walked into both lanes of traffic on Interstate 74 has been identified.

Christopher C. Andrus, 36, is from Rock Island.

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Andrus (Bettendorf Community School District)

No charges have been filed at this time, according to Illinois State Police.

The Bettendorf Community School District posted a statement on its website confirming that Andrus was their operations director.

“We regret to confirm the unexpected death of our Operations Director, Chris Andrus. He was involved in an accident on Wednesday morning, July 31. Chris was loved and respected by all who met him and will be missed by everyone. It’s beyond tragic that his life was cut short.

Andrus served as the director of operations for the Bettendorf Community School District from May 2015 – July 2019. We will share information regarding services and funeral arrangements as soon as it becomes available.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!

EARLIER UPDATE: Westbound Interstate 74 is now open to all traffic.

EARLIER UPDATE: Illinois State Police confirm one person is dead after a crash involving two semi trucks and a pedestrian on Interstate 74 just south of the “Big X” intersection with Interstate 80 on Wednesday.

Two semis were traveling west on I-74 just south of I-80 and both units moved into the left lane for a vehicle parked on the right shoulder.

According to police, a pedestrian walked out from the front of the stopped vehicle, crossed the right lane of the interstate and into the left lane. One of the semi trucks was unable to stop and struck the pedestrian. The second semi also was unable to stop and struck the pedestrian.

Colona and Osco Fire, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, Henry County Coroner, and Illinois State Police: District 7, Zone 2 Investigations and Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Westbound I-74 traffic remains stopped as of 12: 15 p.m. the investigation continues.

EARLIER UPDATE: Westbound Interstate 74 is closed just south of the “Big X” intersection with Interstate 80 for a crash involving a semi and a pedestrian.

Illinois State Police are diverting traffic to Illinois Route 81 at Lynn Center.

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