Family and friends are mourning the death of an East Bridgewater man after he was killed Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a large dump truck on Route 18 near Legion Field in Bridgewater.
The operator of the motorcycle, Michael L. Zewiey, 30, of 850 Bedford St., East Bridgewater, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In the wake of Zewiey’s death, relatives took to Facebook to remember their lost loved one.
“To my cousin, first friend, and favorite buddy to play with when we were growing up, I love you. I can’t believe you are gone. My heart is broken tonight,” said Lindsey Bhaumik, Zewiey’s cousin.
Bridgewater Police and Fire personnel responded to the intersection of Grove and Bedford streets at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday after receiving multiple 911 calls about a motorcycle accident.
Zewiey’s motorcycle struck the side of the 10-wheel dump truck as the vehicle turned from Bedford Street onto Grove Street, Lt. Thomas Schlatz said.
The truck, which is owned by I.W. Harding Construction Company, of West Bridgewater, was also pulling a low-bed trailer behind it at the time of the crash.
Upon arriving at the scene, police officers and paramedics found Zewiey lying in the intersection next to the motorcycle. Zewiey was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but suffered serious visible head trauma as a result of the crash, Schlatz said.
The driver of the dump truck, Mark Jones Jr., 24, of 31 Covell St., New Bedford, was uninjured but visibly shaken after the crash.
A quarter-mile stretch of Route 18 was closed as a result of the accident and had not yet been re-opened as of 8 p.m., Thursday.
The crash remains under investigation by Bridgewater Police and the Accident Reconstruction Unit of the Massachusetts State Police.
The incident was the second crash to occur involving a large truck on Route 18 in Bridgewater in as many weeks after a trailer truck slammed into the front of Just Desserts, located at the intersection of Broad and Main streets, on Monday, July 27, less than a mile away from the scene of Thursday’s fatal crash.
No one was injured in that crash, but the building suffered significant damage after another vehicle cut off the truck and forced it into the building while the truck turned from Broad Street on Main Street.