Truck driver killed in accident at Quincy commuter boatyard
QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Authorities say a fuel truck driver was killed after a truck rolled backward and pinned him against a wall at the Quincy shipyard commuter boat terminal.
“It appears that the oil truck was involved in a move backing down toward the dock that ended up being involved in a collision with the operator of the truck,” said an official.
The MBTA hires private contractors to perform fueling services. Officials said two men, working for James Devaney Fuel Company were outside the truck about to engage the apparatus when the truck’s brakes failed just at 3:30 a.m. Friday.
"There were two men assigned to the truck that belongs to a private contractor. They got out of the truck and were preparing to fuel the boats. At that point in time there was an incident that occurred that's under investigation and it's not quite clear at this point," said Lt. Det. Mark Gillespie, MBTA Transit Police.
Officers said the truck rolled into the driver and pinned him against a fence. The man’s coworker drove the truck off of the victim and called 911. The 42-year-old man was rushed to Quincy Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
Investigators said the truck didn’t roll far. They later moved the truck to test the brakes.
“We’re looking at all aspects including measurements, photographs and any witness statements or anything we can get at all to cover every aspect of this accident scene,” said an official.
The man's identity was not immediately released. The fuel company has not released an official statement, but when 7News called the woman on the phone said it was a sad day for the company and called it a tragic accident.