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One Person Dead After Vehicle Is Hit by Stray Tire

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

One person is dead and multiple other vehicles were damaged Tuesday after a tire flew off of a truck and into traffic.

Details about the Fatal Accident

According to The Eagle Tribune, preliminary reports indicate a 1997 Dodge Ram was traveling south on Route 128 when one of its wheels came off the rear axle. The wheel then flew over the barrier median, bounced off another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, and hit a second vehicle – a 2009 Toyota Camry operated by 26-year-old Charles Hu.

The tire impacted the windshiled and roof of Hu's vehicle. Emergency responders determined that Hu died at the scene.

The Dodge Ram came to a stop in the left southbound lane just south of Exit 31 on Tuesday.The driver of the Dodge Ram and the driver of the other vehicle that was hit were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police who are being assisted by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

Important Information about Traffic Accidents in Massachusetts  

According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security:

  • There were a total of 349 traffic fatalities in the state in 2012.
  • In the same year, there were a total of 108,379 traffic-related accidents in the state.
  • There were another 4,384 serious injuries that were reported in the state as a result of traffic related crashes in 2012

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