On Tuesday afternoon, a Melrose bicyclist was killed in a truck accident on Martha’s Vineyard near downtown Vineyard Haven. According to Massachusetts state police, the 40-year-old woman lost control of her bike, falling into the path of an 18-wheeler.
She was riding her bike westbound on the sidewalk along State Road with a group of cyclists. At the same time, a tractor trailer was also traveling west on the same road. She reportedly last control as the truck passed her.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the traffic accident at roughly 2pm. The road was closed for about three hours during the preliminary investigation. Authorities are still investigating why she lost control of her bike, and no charges have been filed.
Sources: Melrose Bicyclist Dies In Vineyard Truck Accident, Melrose.Patch.com, July 7, 2010
Bicyclist killed on State Road in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Times, July 7, 2010
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