Boston, MA - A bicyclist was riding along near Boston’s Museum of Science earlier this morning when he was hit by a dump truck; the man ended up dying due to all of his injuries.
According to the Massachusetts State Police report, the bicyclist was an adult male. He had been riding down Monsignor O’Brien Highway on Friday, November 9, 2018, when the incident happened. Witnesses told police that the crash happened around 9 a.m. this morning.
Traffic restrictions were put into place immediately after the crash had happened. All lanes but one was closed, making it difficult for the morning traffic to fade out. Both sides of the highway had this restriction, leaving only one lane to be open on either side of the highway for drivers to get through. The highway will remain closed as such with one lane open on either side until the investigation is complete. There is no recent update on this as of yet.
The driver of the dump truck stayed on scene to wait for police officers to arrive. The truck itself was towed away from the scene.
No other information is readily available about the incident at this time.
According to some men and women who came forward to provide commentary, the intersection to which the incident happened in/near is very dangerous. Many cars and trucks driving from the O’Brien Highway run the red light at the intersection, where pedestrians, cyclists, and other cars are trying to walk, ride, or drive. Even still, a woman came forward to say the timing of the crosswalk signal at the intersection in addition to the green light signal is extremely unsafe.
What makes the situation even worse is that there is no bike lane present in the area where the crash happened. The highway is 6 lanes wide, which leads commentators to think there is plenty of room to add a bicycle lane.
No further information has been brought forward regarding the dump truck driver and his potential consequences.
Our thoughts go out to the victim’s loved ones during this difficult time.