Truck Driver Dies on I-495 After Injury Outside Vehicle

A 43-year-old truck driver died on Interstate 495 in Haverhill Tuesday after apparently striking his head while working outside his parked vehicle.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the “fatal injury” of a truck driver who stopped his vehicle Tuesday evening in the breakdown lane of near exit 50 (Route 97) northbound in Haverhill.

Haverhill emergency medical services responded at about 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, to a Help Van driver’s report of an unresponsive truck driver, according to a statement from state police. The van driver performed CPR until an ambulance arrived at the scene. Haverhill police and fire also assisted state police.

“Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Schumaker indicates that the truck driver, a 43-year-old man from Maine, was having difficulty with his load and stopped in the break down lane in Haverhill to adjust it. While working on fixing the load the driver fell and struck his head. The driver of the Help Van reported he had stopped earlier in the Andover section of route 495 to assist the same driver with fixing his load. The operator was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” a state police spokesperson said.

The victim’s name is not being released pending next of kin notification.

The incident remains under investigation with assistance from State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, Essex County Detectives and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

3 thoughts on “Truck Driver Dies on I-495 After Injury Outside Vehicle

  1. “Haverhill police and fire also assisted state police.”
    Assisted with what? The guy was dead.
    But hey, they get to write down on their call reports that they responded so mayor taxman can praise them for doing nothing.
    What a scam they’ve got going…..

    • I believe the police had to direct traffic and the fire dept has an ambulance and EMT’s. There was 1 person performing CPR already so they needed those emergency people. If they could have saved this man’s life it would be worth it to have these people there. They never know what is happening until they get on the scene.