A girl was killed on the Massachusetts Turnpike after she was struck by a vehicle in the breakdown lane on Sunday evening in Upton, according to police.
According to state police, two vehicles were westbound traveling to New York together, a 2011 Toyota Camry and a 1999 Jeep Wrangler.
The Jeep became disabled with a flat tire around 6 p.m. and both vehicles pulled into the left-most breakdown lane, with the Toyota in front.
The driver of the Camry, a 33-year-old man from New Carrollton, Maryland, got out of the vehicle to help the driver of the Jeep, a New York man, change the tire.
The man's daughter also got out of the Camry and stood behind it.
At that time, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a trailer holding a motorcycle was in the left-most travel lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the driver of the Tahoe, a 41-year-old Conway, New Hampshire, man, swerved into the breakdown lane to avoid a collision after traffic slowed down.
The driver swerved in between the Jeep and the Camry, noticed the Camry in front of him, but couldn't stop in time, striking the girl.
She was transported to the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
A 1-year-old girl was also in the Camry at the time of the crash, but was not injured. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The incident remains under investigation.