Man, 59, killed by reversing waste removal truck on tarmac at Boston airport
- The 59-year-old unidentified Melrose man was on foot guiding the waste removal truck at Logan International Airport
- The truck was traveling in reverse underneath a plane, when it struck the airport worker on Monday night
- Authorities say the incident initially appears to have been an accident
A worker was killed at Boston’s international airport on Monday night after being hit by a truck on the tarmac.
The 59-year-old Melrose man, who has not been identified, was on foot guiding the waste removal truck, which was traveling in reverse underneath a stationary Miami Air International plane, when he was killed at around 7.30pm.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 47-year-old driver was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for stress.
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Airport death: A worker was killed under this Miami Air International plane by a reversing truck on Monday night
Killed: The 59-year-old Melrose man was guiding a waste removal truck, which struck him under the stationary plane, said authorities. He died at the scene
According to authorities the incident appears to have been an accident.
Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said in a statement that the driver showed ‘no obvious signs of impairment’, but that he will be tested for drug and alcohol use ‘pursuant to employment policy’.
No criminal charges had been filed by late Monday night, according to Boston.com.
It was not immediately clear who the driver and the victim worked for or if they were employed by the same company.
Boston airport: No criminal charges have been filed yet after the tragic incident which happened Monday night at Logan International Airport
Investigation: State police say a collision reconstruction team is investigating to find the cause of the accident
Richard Walsh — a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan International Airport — referred questions to State Police.
David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said a collision reconstruction team is investigating, and that its reports usually take a few weeks to complete.
Investigators will also examine the truck for any possible defects.
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