Elderly pedestrian fatally hit by truck in Saint-Eustache, Que.

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Police say the driver was blinded by the sun, and didn't see the pedestrian walking.  (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Police say the driver was blinded by the sun, and didn't see the pedestrian walking. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A 71-year-old man was fatally hit by a truck Friday when he was walking near an intersection in Saint-Eustache, Que., about 38 kilometres east of Montreal.

Police were called to the corner of Pie-XII Boulevard and Marcel Street at 3:30 p.m. after several bystanders reported the accident.

Inspector Dany Gagnon, a spokesperson for the Saint-Eustache police service, says the driver was blinded by the sun, and didn't see the pedestrian.

The victim was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"There's nothing criminal that happened. This is just a really sad accident," Gagnon said.

"Like any citizen, [the driver] is in shock."

Police set up a perimeter at the scene to investigate the accident.

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