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Driver Killed By Flying 400-Pound Tire On I-93 In Somerville

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This car was hit by a flying 400-pound tire in on I-93 in Somerville. (Photo from WBZ viewer)

This car was hit by a flying 400-pound tire in on I-93 in Somerville. (Photo from WBZ viewer)

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SOMERVILLE (CBS) – A 27-year-old man from Lynn was killed when a flying truck tire hit his car on I-93 in Somerville Monday afternoon.

Police say a flatbed truck was traveling southbound with a load of four truck tires on a pallet, when one of them came loose.

The 400-pound tire bounced on the roadway and flew into the northbound side, striking a Mitsubishi Galant.

The car continued moving after the collision until it came to rest on a guardrail between the north and southbound lanes.

The driver, identified as Joseph LeBlanc of Lynn, was transported to Mass General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the flatbed truck was identified as 62-year-old Gregory Ross of Merrimack, New Hampshire.

The truck was leased by Sullivan Tire.

Lanes on both sides of the highway were closed for about 90 minutes while police investigated the crash.

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