Runaway Boston train was tampered with, governor says

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boston train takes passengers through several stations without operator, officials say it was ‘tampered with’.

BOSTON (AP) — A six-car train with passengers on board that left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping was tampered with, Massachusetts Gov.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 train’s operator suffered a minor injury when he was brushed by the train, apparently as it began to move at the Braintree station, 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. Workers for the T were able to board the train and take it to JFK/UMass, where passengers were able to leave the train before it was taken out of service.

He said the controls of the train “had been manipulated, which was why the train 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. Passenger Fernanda Daly told WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano that when the lights went out on the train, riders knocked on the booth but found no conductor inside. “The whole train started going slow, the lights went off and everything just stopped down between Quincy and JFK and we stayed there for about 30 minutes,” the female passenger said. “Gov.

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