Middlesex County

Police: Search called off after officers locate Billerica man that abandoned his vehicle after crash

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Search teams combed the area around a busy Wilmington highway for almost 19 hours Tuesday for a man that police said abandoned his vehicle after striking a tractor trailer.

A search that started shortly before 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning ended after 7:00 p.m. once the 54-year-old Billerica man police contacted his family.

According to Massachusetts State Police, troopers first responded to the area of Route 93 north near Exit 35 for a crash involving a tractor trailer and a 2013 Acura TSX. A crash investigation revealed that the Acura struck the back of the trailer.

According to MSP, the Billerica was not with the vehicle alongside the 55-year-old Alabamian truck driver. According to police, the truck driver did not even realize the trailer he was pulling was hit.

Officials did not provide a name or picture of this man and it is unclear where his place of work is located.

The State Police Air Wing, K-9, and Marine Unit, along with numerous other patrols assisted in the search.

Police also checked area hospitals for the man.

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