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Investigators trying to figure out why pedestrian struck and killed by big rig was on Highway 101

Authorities trying to figure out what led to fatal traffic collision on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Southbound 101 backed up for nine hours in Santa Barbara/Goleta areas.

Authorities are trying to figure out why a man who was struck and killed on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County was on the highway.

It happened at around three Thursday morning, on the southbound 101 between Santa Barbara and Goleta. CHP officers say the man was trying to get from the right shoulder of the highway to the center divider when he was hit by an oncoming big rig.

The driver stopped and called 911, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man hasn’t been released. The driver was unhurt.

The collision caused a huge traffic jam during the morning commute.

It took until around noon to completely reopen the 101.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.