Cyclist Killed in Porter Square

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A male cyclist riding in Porter Square crashed with a tractor trailer at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue around 8:08 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 5. He was declared dead at the scene.

The incident occurred across from a Porter Square shopping center. The victim was riding toward Harvard Square.

The truck driver remained at the scene. Commuters were advised to seek alternate routes. Both sides of Massachusetts Avenue near the Porter Square Mall were closed. The male victim was unidentified. Authorities are currently investigating.

According to an announcement made by Cambridge Public Schools on their website, a group of students witnessed the incident. A statement was released, saying "No students were involved in the crash except as witnesses. Grief counselors are being put in place at the schools students were traveling to when the crash occurred. If your child witnessed or becomes troubled by this incident, please contact the school if you would like assistance accessing help for your student."

This is the second time this week that a cyclist has been struck by a truck in Cambridge, the first occurring in Kendall Square and resulting in non-critical injuries. Nearby residents have stated that the city has a history of accidents.

Other Cambridge deaths involving cyclists and trucks include Amanda Phillips, 27, who hit an open car door and flew towards a landscaping truck on June 23 in Inman Square. Marcia Deihl, 65, an activist and singer-songwriter, was killed by a truck on Putnam Avenue in March 2015.

Bike safety is currently a topic of discussion by the city.