The death last night of a 59-year-old worker on the tarmac of Logan International Airport appears to have been an accident, authorities said.
The victim, a Melrose resident, was standing behind a modified Ford F-350 near a stationary 737 when the truck, traveling in reverse, struck him about 7:30 p.m., according to a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. State police said last night the victim was guiding the lavatory-waste truck to an aircraft.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 47-year-old co-worker, “was overwhelmed in the aftermath of the collision and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for stress and physical injuries that are not life-threatening,” DA’s office spokesman Jake Wark said.
Investigators tested the driver for drugs and alcohol and seized his cell phone but said they have no immediate reason to suspect he was impaired or distracted.
Authorities have not released the names of the driver or victim because there is no evidence of foul play. The accident remains under investigation.