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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