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Stoneham man is struck while crossing I-93 in Somerville

A 25-year-old Stoneham man sustained life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle yesterday as he ran across Interstate 93 in Somerville, after stopping his damaged car in the left lane of the highway. The accident was one of several that may be linked to an overnight storm.

State Police said the man was struck by a 2010 Ford Explorer registered to Boston television station WHDH-TV (Channel 7). The driver of the Explorer was described as a 42-year-old Sudbury man, but his name was not released.

State Police said that they are investigating the 2:30 a.m. crash and that no charges have been filed. Investigators are trying to determine the speed of the SUV at the time of the accident, which took place in northbound lanes near Exit 29.

It was unclear yesterday why the Stoneham man’s car was stopped in the far left travel lane or why it had damage consistent with being in a crash, State Police said. No debris was found near the man’s vehicle, suggesting he was involved in a crash elsewhere, officials said.

State Police also said it was unknown why the man got out of his car and ran across the highway during the snowstorm, which left many roads slick with black ice.

“The highway has four travel lanes; the collision occurred in the second travel lane from the right,’’ State Police said.

The Stoneham man, whose identity was not released, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, State Police said.

Chris Wayland, general manager for WHDH-TV, declined to identify the employee involved in the accident, but said the cameraman was on his way to cover a story at the time of the accident.

“We are cooperating fully with the State Police investigation,’’ he said in a telephone interview, adding that the “our thoughts and prayers’’ are with the Stoneham man and his relatives.

The Somerville accident was one of dozens of crashes and spinouts on the region’s highways overnight Monday into yesterday after a weather system provided the first substantial snowfall of winter.

In Gardner, a two-car crash Monday night killed a 65-year-old Framingham woman.

State Police said Linda Nelson, 65, was driving her Honda Civic on the eastbound side of Route 2 around 10:15 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the 30-foot median and collided with a pickup truck on the westbound side of the road.

Nelson’s Civic rolled over, trapping her inside. She was taken to Heywood Hospital in Gardner, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the pickup truck, a 63-year-old Phillipston man, was taken to Heywood Hospital with minor injuries.

The National Weather Service reported yesterday that Framingham and the Worcester area got the most snow, nearly 3 inches, west of Boston, while Topsfield received the most north of the city, with a total of 2 inches.

East Boston got 1.2 inches of snow, while South Boston and Dorchester both collected 1 inch.

The mercury is expected to drop during the day today with highs in the mid- to upper-30s. Though it will be cold and windy, the Boston region will remain dry.

Source:  boston.com