An 83-year-old Tewksbury man was struck and killed on I-93 after reportedly attempting to retrieve a hubcap Thursday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Edward Ruff, 83, of Tewksbury, parked his 1999 Nissan Altima in the breakdown lane between Exits 39 and 40 on the northbound side of the road, near Route 62. He exited his car and walked across all four lanes to retrieve a hubcap that he saw in the median, which was not from his car, shortly before 11:30 a.m. Thursday, said State Trooper James M. McTeague in his report.
After he secured the hubcap, Huff safely made it through the left lane and both middle lanes before an oil truck struck him.
Doug Hoagland, 40, of Hudson, NH, was driving the truck filled with oil, which is owned by Fred Fuller Oil Co., Inc., based in Derry, NH. A representative of Fred Fuller Oil declined comment on the incident because it is an ongoing police investigation.
At the time of the emergency call, Boston Medflight was requested to the scene, but that order was canceled when responders discovered the victim was dead on arrival.
The and the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation assisted state police at the scene.