LYNN — Police said a trash truck struck a man walking along the Lynnway at 7:06 a.m. Wednesday, sending him to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.
As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the man was listed in critical condition, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.
He said the 34-year-old Somerville resident was struck on the Lynnway’s southbound side in front of McDonald’s. An MBTA Transit Police detective stopped her car and provided potentially life-saving medical aid to the victim prior to the arrival of emergency medical personnel, said Procopio.
“The investigation is ongoing, including reconstruction and witness statements. Investigation will determine if charges are warranted,” Procopio said.
Police did not immediately identify the pedestrian or the driver of the truck owned by JRM Hauling, based in Peabody.
A police officer at the scene who declined to identify himself said an initial investigation determined the man “stepped out in the path of the truck.” Midas employee Donald Burridge said the man appeared to be walking in the roadway’s gutter along the curb.
“I saw the kid walking in the white line. He was kind of stumbling,” Burridge said.
The trash truck was parked on the Lynnway following the accident, and state troopers and Lynn police could be seen interviewing a man who appeared to be the driver. A work boot, clothes and a cigarette lighter lay in the gutter in front of the truck.
The accident snarled morning rush hour traffic, restricting southbound traffic to a single lane for more than an hour.