Victim identified in fatal tractor trailer accident on I-81


The victim who was struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 81 after helping a friend on the side of the road, has been identified as Madhav Regmi, 36, of Syracuse, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's office.

According to authorities, Sheriff's Deputies and State Police responded to the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 just north of the Lafayette exit around 10:36 p.m. Friday, for a reported collision involving a tractor trailer and Regmi who had exited his vehicle to help a friend.

Deputies said that the Regmi had been following a friend when he observed an open door on the friend's truck. After alerting the driver, the two pulled to the shoulder of the road to secure the door. As Regmi was returning to his vehicle, he was hit by a passing FedEx tandem tractor trailer.

Regmi was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Accident Investigation Team processed the scene.

Rescue personnel from the Lafayette Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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