The tractor-trailer was stopped at a traffic light on Hoover Road at Holloway Street when Durham police said Gilbert Godwin, 58, attempted to run under the trailer.
When the traffic light turned green and the truck began to move, the truck's rear wheels struck Godwin, causing severe leg, pelvic and internal injuries.
Godwin was taken to Duke University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Monday evening.
Investigators said Godwin had just left a convenience store and was apparently running to his residence, which was a short distance away.
Police said no charges will be filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer, Ray Anthony Lee. The truck, a 2003 Volvo owned by Delhaize America Corp., was not damaged.
The accident slowed traffic on Holloway Street and Hoover Road for more than two hours.
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