MEDFORD (CBS) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer in Medford Friday morning. It happened just off Mystic Valley Parkway around 8:00 a.m.
Massachusetts State Police confirmed around 12:15 p.m. that the crash killed a 23-year-old man from Chelsesa.
The Wegmans delivery truck was stopped in what appeared to be a right-hand turn and was surrounded by caution tape. The motorcycle was seen wedged underneath the truck near the tires.
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“Pretty tragic to see the motorcyclist stuck in there,” said Rick Caravielli, who saw the crash.
He said this area always has traffic.
The victim was operating a 2007 Yamaha YZF R1 motorcycle and traveling in the breakdown lane to pass traffic, police said. The tractor-trailer was making a legal right turn into the parking lot of the Meadow Glen Mall when the collision occurred, according to authorities.
The motorcyclist was taken to a Boston hospital, where he died.
Medford and Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene. A hazmat team was also called because the tractor-trailer was leaking fuel, and Route 16 was closed for about three hours.
The truck driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.