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Quincy worker killed trying to fix traffic light

By Amanda Cedrone
Globe Correspondent / October 19, 2011

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A city worker from Quincy was killed yesterday when the bucket truck he was working in was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 3A, officials said.

The accident took place shortly after 10 a.m. at the intersection of Washington (Route 3A) and Chubbuck streets, said police Lieutenant Jack Sullivan.

Robert DeCristofaro, 58, of Braintree, was up in the bucket when his vehicle was struck by the tractor-trailer heading south, authorities said. The impact sent him tumbling to the street, where he suffered fatal injuries, Sullivan said.

The fatality is being investigated by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, Quincy police, and State Police assigned to Morrissey’s office.

DeCristofaro was a Quincy Department of Public Works employee and was working on a traffic signal at the time, officials said.

“This is a terrible day for the City of Quincy and for his family,’’ Morrissey said in a statement. “It is an active and ongoing investigation.’’

“Bobby was a one-of-kind worker, loved his job, and did so much for our community in his decades of dedicated service,’’ Mayor Thomas P. Koch said in a statement.

“But most importantly, a family has lost a great father and a great husband, and the thoughts and prayers of our entire city are with the DeCristofaros today.’’

The tractor-trailer driver stopped his vehicle after the accident. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also sent an investigator to the scene.

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.