SUTHERLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says a man whose vehicle had run out of fuel was struck and killed by a semitrailer as he walked down an Interstate 80 lane in western Nebraska.

The patrol says troopers were sent around 3:10 a.m. Friday to check a report of a truck in the median near Sutherland.

The 28-year-old driver, California resident Narinder Singh, told troopers he'd swerved his eastbound rig to miss the man, who the driver says was in the center of the far right lane. His truck hit the man and then ran onto the median.     

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He's been identified as 56-year-old Keith Burgess, of Florida.

The patrol says his vehicle was found about a mile away, out of fuel and with a dead battery.