Medford

Motorcyclist Killed After Crash With Tractor-Trailer in Medford

The motorcyclist, a 23-year-old man from Chelsea whose name has not been released, is believed to have been riding past traffic in the breakdown lane.

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A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer Friday in Medford, Massachusetts.

State police say the crash happened around 8 a.m. on Route 16 near Locust Street.

Massachusetts State Police said there was a fatality in the crash that took place on Route 16 westbound near Locust Street in Medford on Friday morning.

The motorcyclist, a 23-year-old man from Chelsea whose name has not been released, is believed to have been riding past traffic in the breakdown lane when the tractor-trailer made a right turn in front of him into the parking lot of the Meadow Glen Mall, police said.

Police noted that the turn the truck took was legal, and that the motorcyclist couldn't stop, crashing into the passenger side of the truck's cab.

The man on the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said earlier that the tractor-trailer truck was leaking fuel. Emergency crews drained the tank before towing it away.

The right lane of Route 16 was temporarily closed, but the scene was cleared around 11 a.m.

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