No new details but a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday, concludes that the 23-year-old truck driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy crossed the center double yellow line when he collided with a pod of bikers going the opposite direction. The crash killed seven motorcyclists, including former Haverhill resident, Albert “Woody” Mazza Jr., and seriously injured three more.
After a month of investigation, there is still no clear reason for the deadly crash. “All aspects of the Randolph, N.H., crash remain under investigation,” said the report, “as the NTSB focuses on determining the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes.”
The crash triggered the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to review and suspend hundreds of licenses and provoked Attorney General Maura Healey to review Westfield Transport, the driver’s employer.
The NTSB is working in partnership with the New Hampshire State Police as well as both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts licensing agencies as research is ongoing.