September 20, 2011 – Joseph LeBlanc, 27, from Lynn, Massachusetts has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained in a car accident. LeBlanc was traveling north on Interstate 93 when a 400 pound tire, which was strapped to the back of a flatbed tractor trailer, came loose, flew through the air and landed on LeBlanc’s vehicle. The accident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Monday in Somerville.
Gregory Ross, 62, from Merrimack, New Hampshire was driving the truck, which was leased by Sullivan Tire. According to the Massachusetts State Police, the truck had four tires strapped loosely to wooden pallets on its bed. The accident allegedly occurred after one of the pallets broke and the strap became loose sending the tire flying through the air. Witnesses claim they saw the tire travel approximately 30 feet before impacting LeBlanc’s vehicle.
The police stated that after the tire hit, LeBlanc lost control of the vehicle and ended up between the guardrails separating the opposite lanes. LeBlanc was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
No charges have been filed against the driver and the accident remains under investigation by the State Police.