By CBS13 Staff

STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — A 59-year-old man was struck and killed by several vehicles along Highway 99 near Modesto early Saturday morning, authorities say.

The incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. along the southbound side of the freeway, north of Highway 219.

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California Highway Patrol says an SUV was in the #3 lane when it struck a person who was walking in traffic. Exactly why the person was walking in the lane is unclear.

Officers say the pedestrian was then struck by two other vehicles, including a big rig.

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The person was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released, but CHP says he was a 59-year-old resident of Grover Beach.

CHP says the first driver who struck the pedestrian also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

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Investigators don’t believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.