Massachusetts State Police trooper perishes after cruiser is hit by tanker truck | Reading
STONEHAM – A two-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police with ties to Reading and neighboring Woburn succumbed to injuries sustained in a fatal car crash late Thursday night as she pulled over to help a motorist disabled on I-93 in Stoneham.
Authorities say the marked cruiser of 34-year-old Tamar Bucci was struck by a tractor-trailer carrying some 10,000 gallons of fuel around 11:45 p.m. last night off the Montvale Avenue exit on I-93 north.
The force of the accident pushed Bucci’s cruiser off the highway, and she was apparently trapped inside the wreckage.
According to State Police Col. Christopher Mason, two Good Samaritans stopped to take out the Mass. State Trooper from his vehicle, with a responding Stoneham Police officer then joining the rescue attempt by performing CPR.
Despite the efforts of those three people as well as members of the Stoneham Fire Department, Armstrong Ambulance and other emergency responders, Bucci was reportedly pronounced dead soon after at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mason said during from the press conference early Friday morning.
Calling her a “very productive member” of the Mass State Police. Since graduating from the Academy in May 2022 at Gillette Stadium, Mason said Bucci has also been a “valued member” of the force.
“I can tell you she will be greatly missed,” the Mass State Police Col. said. Friday morning. “She always dreamed and aspired to become a soldier. She worked very hard during the academy.”
“During her brief MSP career, she set an example for all of us to follow,” he added. “His life was cut too short, too soon.”
Reading Police recounted her interactions with the aspiring cop several years ago, when Bucci enrolled in the city’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) and shared her dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. order. The 34-year-old grew up in Andover, but her mother and stepfather now reside in Reading.
In a statement this morning, Reading Police Chief David Clark and other members of the local force offered their condolences to the 34-year-old’s family and reposted a picture of a smiling Bucci standing next to Deputy Chief of Police Christine Amendola during the 2017 CPA graduation ceremony.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Trooper Tamar Bucci this morning following an accident on 93 at Stoneham. We at the SPR were fortunate to have met this wonderful young woman who attended our Citizens Police Academy in 2017. She told us she wanted to be a police officer and she stayed true to her dreams and became a Massachusetts State Trooper,” Clark said on behalf of the department this morning.
“Private Bucci resided in Reading for several years and still has family here. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and the state police. Private Tamar Bucci’s Citizen Police Academy graduation photo is below,” the social media post added.
Bucci has been listed as an Andover High School graduate who will continue her studies at Middlesex Community College.
She is survived by her parents, two sisters, a half-brother and a half-sister.
Bucci was assigned to the Medford State Police Barracks last month and reportedly regularly patrols the local section of I-93.
According to state police, she graduated as a member of the 85th Recruit Training Troop in May 2020.
Prior to joining the Massachusetts State Police, Private Bucci was employed by Encore Casino’s security department and also worked as a personal trainer.
In addition to her family, Mason also said she is also survived by “her other family, the more than 2,000 men and women of the Massachusetts State Police, many of whom came to MGH from day to day. next day to cry and support each other. passing spread.
The driver of the tanker, a man from Methuen, was not injured. State police said he was cooperative and was questioned by troopers earlier this morning. The truck is owned by the PJ Murphy Company.
The accident investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by A Troop with MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Law Enforcement Section commercial vehicles and the Middlesex County State Police Detective Unit. At the moment there are no fees.
The woman in the disabled motor vehicle Cavalier Bucci was trying to help was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
A state police statement added,
“On a stretch of road she protected every night on the night shift, Rider Bucci gave her life trying to help another in distress. There is no greater sacrifice than giving her life for another.
She is the 22nd member of the Massachusetts State Police to die in the line of duty. His death is a reminder of the dangers that Troopers and all police officers face on a daily basis to protect society.
We are heartbroken by this tragedy and resolve to continue our mission to protect and serve by following the example set by Cavalier Bucci in his brief MSP career and his life that was cut short far too soon. The tremendous outpouring of support shown by soldiers and local hospital officers speaks to the respect and admiration that Private Bucci has earned in her chosen field in less than two years while wearing the badge.
His selfless act embodies the state police mission to help those in need, a mission we continue in his memory.”