Red Line train travels multiple stops without operator

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Baker: Controls Of Runaway Red Line Train Were ‘Manipulated’.

BOSTON — A six-car train carrying passengers left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping, and investigators found that a safety system had been tampered with, the governor said. A Red Line train left Braintree Station without an operator Thursday morning, according to state officials, who say they are investigating a report of tampering involving a safety device. None of the approximately 50 passengers was hurt, but the operator suffered a minor injury when he was brushed by the train, apparently as it began to move, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said. No passengers were hurt, but a 51-year-old train operator suffered minor injuries after being brushed by a train at Braintree, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Fernanda Daly, who boarded the train at the Braintree station, said nothing seemed unusual about the ride until the train started to slow down and the interior lights went out. “The people who were on the first car were trying to knock on the door of the conductor and that’s when we discovered that there was nobody there,” said Daly.

He said the controls of the train “had been manipulated,” which is why it moved without a person controlling it. “The discussion that’s going to take place on our end is negligence versus something else,” Baker said. “It’s pretty clear that the main control that drives the train was tampered with.” “Passenger safety is the highest priority for the MBTA and this highly troubling incident is under investigation by Transit Police detectives,” DePaola said. The FBI is also “aware of the incident,” according to spokeswoman Kristen Setera. “We have been in contact with MBTA Transit Police,” she added in a statement. The Red Line, opened in 2004 and extended in 2013 to Northline Commons, handled 1.45 million of those trips in October, an 18.8 percent increase compared to October 2014.

Overall, the number of trips on local transit service – not counting park and ride use – increased 1.3 percent in October, compared to the same month in 2014. Rider Jim Crowley of Marshfield said he was on the train that left Braintree just before the incident. “Luckily I missed this close call!” he said in an e-mail.

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