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Cyclist Killed in Crash in Boston Involving Tractor-Trailer

The crash occurred at the intersection of Massachusetts and Harrison avenues, near the Boston Medical Center

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Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist and a tractor-trailer truck in Boston's South End Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Massachusetts and Harrison avenues, near the Boston Medical Center.

The bicyclist, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Eliza Parad, the Interim Executive Director of the Boston Cyclists Union, said the intersection is known to be dangerous.

"Based on several crashes… non-fatal crashes… but that have continued to happen at that intersection and overall on that stretch of Mass. Ave., which is really challenging for people especially on bikes as well as crossing the street," Parad said.

She said there is a draft plan to improve safety in the area but it's complicated by the Boston Medical Center building across Mass. Ave. Parad is hopeful that work can begin soon.

"Now it seems there's some opening up and some opportunity given that we know we're going to be shut down even longer and schools are going to be closed and so forth," Parad said. "We do see this moment as an opportunity to re-envision some of the space on our streets. We've seen the streets looking really empty."

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