STONEHAM (WBZNewsRadio) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper died after a serious crash on I-93 North in Stoneham. A tanker truck carrying 10,000 gallons of gasoline, hit a State Police cruiser driven by Trooper Tamar Bucci, 34 of Woburn, shortly after midnight Friday.
"The department is devastated by our loss," Colonel Christopher Mason said. "We are eternally grateful to the attempts of everyone involved to assist Trooper Bucci and to save her life."
At the time of the crash, Bucci was pulling to the side of the road to help a disabled driver around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The force of the impact pushed her cruiser off the roadway.
Two Good Samaritans stopped to help and were able to pull Bucci out of her cruiser. A Stoneham police officer driving by also stopped to perform emergency first aid until first responders arrived.
She was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
The driver of the truck, a Methuen man, was not hurt and is cooperating with authorities. At this time there are no charges. The driver of the disabled vehicle was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The scene was still active early Friday morning as crews worked to tow the vehicles from the scene. A portion of the highway was closed on the northbound side for some time Friday morning, causing delays during the morning commute.
Around 4 a.m. there was an additional crash on the southbound side of the highway, directly across from the largest crash. All lanes on the southbound side have since reopened.
WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports