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Multiple Injuries in MBTA Green Line Derailment

At approximately 12:30pm on Monday, March 10th, an MBTA Green line train heading outbound toward Riverside derailed and struck a wall near the Beacon Street portal where the D and C lines intersect, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Multiple minor injuries were reported, with conflicting accounts coming from Boston EMS and MBTA Transit Police. Boston EMS reported via Twitter that 10 people, including the train operator, were taken to local hospital, while MBTA Transit police reported six injuries. Four people, including the operator of the derailed car reported having back pain following the crash, according to WHDH. Though most of the injuries reported were from the derailed train, some passengers in a train directly behind the accident were treated for injuries as the operator had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the disabled train.

According to the verified MBTA Twitter page, service between Kenmore and Fenway on the D line and Kenmore and St. Mary’s Street on the C line was shut down for the remainder of the day. Crews worked through the night to make sure MBTA service returned to normal this morning just after 5:00am.

This is the latest in a string of major accidents in recent years for the MBTA. In 2009, a Green Line train waiting at a red light was struck from behind by another train operated by Aiden Quinn, also injured in the crash. Quinn, who was texting at the time of the incident and failed to stop for warning lights, was later indicted on felony charges of grossly negligent operation, according to Boston.com. That accident resulted in dozens of injuries, including that of Samantha Mattei of Salem. Per the Boston Globe, Samantha’s father explained that “Samantha Mattei was a straight-A math and science student in college, but the crash damaged the part of her brain that allows her to do math. She has all but dropped out of school because she cannot concentrate on the calculus she was studying.” Samantha, along with countless other personal injury victims of accidents, has to deal with her physical pain as well as the rising financial burden of her medical bills and future lost wages.
Though there is no amount of money will ever compensate for your injuries, victims of personal injury and their families may be entitled to financial relief through a Personal Injury or a Wrongful Death Lawsuit.

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Sources:
Feathers, Todd. Boston Globe. “MBTA crash victim sought $8.6m; award is not quite $580,000”
Tempera, Jacqueline & Powers, Martine. Boston Globe. “Green Line train derails, injuring 7”
Pickell, Jack. Boston.com. “At Least 6 Injured Following MBTA D-Line Derailment; Shuttle Service Instituted”
WCVB. “Officials Hopeful Green Line Service can be Restored by a.m. Commute”