Collision took place overnight on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. (THE NEWS/files)

UPDATE: Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit on Lougheed Highway

Port Coquitlam man, 22, was trying to hail a taxi.

A 22-year-old Port Coquitlam man is in critical condition after being struck along Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows early after Halloween night.

The highway was closed at Harris Road in both directions just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday after the young man was hit by a truck.

Witnesses report the pedestrian was attempting to hail a taxi when he stepped into the eastbound lanes of Lougheed Hwy. and was struck by a five-ton box truck.

Bystanders helped resuscitate him.

Ridge Meadows RCMP said the man was taken to hospital and is in critical condition.

RCMP Traffic Services is investigating the collision, with assistance from the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, and all parties are cooperating.

“This is a tragic outcome and we are supporting the family during this difficult time,” said Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk. “We have had a mild October, but this week the weather has changed and the rain is here. These darker days make it more difficult to see and be seen. Please be safe.”

Gresiuk added that RCMP would like to thank the witnesses who stopped and provided initial first aid, which included CPR.

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