By Steve Patterson
St. Louis (KSDK) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is providing tips for drivers following a fatal accident along a busy interstate in St. Louis.
Southbound Interstate 55 was closed Wednesday evening after a pedestrian was struck by a tractor trailer near Sidney Street.
Police say 67-year-old Moustafa Elmansy got a call from a friend saying he needed help. The friend had stopped on I-55 after his car ran out of gas. The victim got fuel and rushed to help his friend.
He parked in front of the stalled car where the gas tank faced the highway and began putting gas in the car when he was hit by an 18-wheeler.
Police say the truck driver told them he never saw the victim before the impact.
"If you have vehicle issues, always yield to the right," said Missouri State Highway Police Sergeant Al Nothum. "You have a lot more room on that right shoulder."
Nothum says following a few guidelines can save you from a potentially dangerous situation. He says the left shoulder, where Elmansy was struck, is not a place to be outside of the car.
"Generally stay inside that car, you have some protection there. If you get out of your car, you don't have any protection whatsoever," he said.
The Missouri Highway Patrol also has a toll free number for drivers in distressed situations along the interstate.
"Call *55 and inform them where you're at," Nothum said. "Give them a good location and tell them you need assistance immediately."
Nothum says someone will be dispatched immediately to provide a safe perimeter and assistance.
Right now police are considering this a very tragic accident with no serious charges expected.
A friend of the victim says he is married with kids.
The investigation is ongoing.