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67-year-old man killed on deadly stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard

A 67-year-old man struck by a vehicle at about 6:40 a.m. Thursday on Niagara Falls Boulevard has died.

The man was struck near Dexter Terrace on the Amherst-Tonawanda border, an area where at least four others have been struck and killed in recent years, including most recently on Aug. 30.

The man who was struck was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center and died from his injuries, Town of Tonawanda police said.

It appears the man was crossing the boulevard in a crosswalk to try to catch a bus when he was struck by a vehicle heading south on Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said.

Investigators believe the man was crossing against the signal at the time and the driver of the pickup is cooperating in the investigation. No charges have yet been filed, police said.

The vehicle had the right of way, said Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi.

Southbound traffic lanes on Niagara Falls Boulevard were closed at Faragut Avenue for several hours, but have reopened, police announced at 10:16 a.m.

Town of Tonawanda police are continuing to investigate.

A pedestrian was struck on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the area of Dexter Terrace and Willow Ridge Drive.(Google Maps)

A pedestrian was struck on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the area of Dexter Terrace and Willow Ridge Drive.(Google Maps)

Shortly after the incident, a damaged pickup sat in the right lane on the southbound side of the boulevard, with a shoe in the same lane about 50 feet behind the truck.

The speed limit on that stretch of roadway is 45 mph.

Police have not released the identity of the pedestrian or the driver.

Sunrise on Thursday was at 7:11 a.m., which means it would have been dark when the man was struck. There's a traffic light nearby at the intersection of the boulevard and Willow Ridge Drive, but there are no street lights in the stretch of the boulevard.

The boulevard is seven lanes wide at that point.

On Aug. 30, an Amherst man became the fourth pedestrian killed over the last three years while crossing in a 1.7-mile stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Northbound lanes in the area remain open.

News Photojournalist John Hickey contributed to this report.

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