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Tractor-trailer driver is dead after rollover on Mass. Pike in Brighton

The scene of an overturned tractor-trailer at Exit 20 on the Massachusetts Turnpike Monday afternoon.Nick Telesmanic

The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed in a rollover crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton Monday, authorities said.

State Police identified Sterling Hullett, 49, of Fort Worth, Texas, as the tractor-trailer driver killed in the crash. Officials said Hullett was an employee of R and D Transportation of Westport, Mass.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Video of the scene showed the tractor and trailer flipped over, wheels up in the air, across several lanes of traffic on the westbound side, with the truck’s cab coming to rest upside-down on top of the median and partially on the eastbound side. A downed light pole could be seen near the cab on the eastbound side.

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The frame of the trailer was still attached to the truck, but the pink container it was carrying was lying on its side a short distance away in the westbound lane.

State Police said the truck was traveling eastbound on the highway when the crash happened, but are still investigating the reason the truck changed lanes and ended up on the median.

After the crash, only the right travel lanes were open in both directions, said Jacquelyn Goddard, a spokeswoman for the state Transportation Department.

Shortly after 3 p.m., there was a separate medical emergency on the westbound side in Allston involving someone in the traffic slowdown caused by the truck crash.


Danny McDonald and Steve Annear of the Globe staff contributed to this report. John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.