Man In Critical Struck by Truck Heading to WHS Site

Published by Chris Wangler- May 19, 2021.

A male pedestrian from Watertown, 63, “had stepped onto the crosswalk” when he was struck Wednesday morning by a truck making a turn, Waltham Police said in a press release.
The man suffered serious head trauma and was rushed to the Lahey Hospital. He is in critical condition.
Shortly before 7:00 a.m., the eastbound truck on Main Street made a left turn northbound onto Bacon Street and made contact with the pedestrian, police said.
The truck was headed for the Waltham High School project site at 554 Lexington Street.
Media reports identified the victim as Billy Clark, a retired utility worker well-known around Waltham.
Police said the Peterbilt truck was operated by a 27-year-old Norton man, described as distraught by eyewitnesses after the crash.
“There was no evidence of impairment by the operator of the truck,” said Sgt. William Gallant, Waltham Police’s Crash Reconstruction Supervisor (in neon vest).
The crash remains under investigation by Waltham and State Police.
Every day, hundreds of trucks come to Waltham early in the morning to remove rubble from a massive blasting operation for the new Waltham High School project at the former Stigmatines property.
Those trucks are not meant to use smaller streets, according to Waltham High School project documents.
Documentation submitted to state environmental officials for the WHS project says that truck access for the site “will be generally limited to Lexington Street via Totten Pond Road from Route 95 so as to avoid smaller roads.”
A sign on the truck involved in the crash reads Austin’s Landscaping, which is based in Norton and declined to comment.
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