FRAMINGHAM – A Massachusetts State Police Trooper was killed when her cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer hauling gasoline on Route 93 in Stoneham, said Mass State Police Friday morning.
Trooper Tamar Bucci had pulled over on the northbound side of the highway to help assist a disabled motorist, about 11:45 p.m. on March 3.
The Trooper was still in her cruiser when her vehicle was struck by the full-loaded gasoline tractor-trailer, said Mass State Police Colonel Christopher Mason at a press conference this morning, March 4 at 6:30 a.m.
The force of the impact pushed her cruiser, a marked Ford Interceptor SUV with its emergency blue lights activated, off the road.
Two civilian Good Samaritans pulled Trooper Bucci from the heavily damaged cruiser and a Stoneham Police Officer who came upon the scene performed emergency first aid, including CPR, until EMS arrived and transported her to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Despite the heroic efforts of the civilians, the Stoneham Officer, the Armstrong ambulance crew, and the emergency room staff at MGH, Trooper Bucci was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
“The department is devastated by her loss and we are eternally grateful to everyone who tried to save her life,” Col. Mason said.
Bucci was a graduate of Andover High and Middlesex Community College.
She graduated from the state police academy in 2020 in an outdoor ceremony at Gillette Stadium.
She is survived by her mother, father, two sisters, a stepbrother, and stepsisters, said Mass State Police.
“Trooper Bucci was 34 and assigned to the Medford Barracks. No greater love hath a person than to give her life for another,” Tweeted Mass State Police this morning.
She is the 22nd trooper in the department’s history to die in the line of duty, Col. Mason said.
The driver of the truck, a Methuen man, was not injured. He has been cooperative and was interviewed by Troopers earlier this morning. The truck is owned by the PJ Murphy company.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing and is being conducted by Troop A along with the MSP’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and State Police Detective Unit for Middlesex County.
At this time, there are no charges.
The woman who was in the disabled motor vehicle that Trooper Bucci was trying to help was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
Trooper Tamar Bucci, (MSP photo)