No Cell Phone Use or Mechanical Failure in Boston Green Line MBTA Crash

Last week, our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers blogged about the MBTA crash involving two Trolleys in Boston, MA. Investigators now report they have found no evidence that cell phone use or mechanical failure caused the crash between two Green Line trains on Thursday that injured 37 people, said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The collision occurred when “One trolley bumped into the rear of another trolley that was making a regular stop at the station,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. According to one rider, “people went flying, got their knees banged up. It was pretty hectic.”

“The train was going, and all of a sudden we heard a loud crash,” and “All of us just piled on top of each other,” one witness said.

EMTs set up a triage center outside the station to treat injured riders. 37 passengers were taken to area hospitals. The operator of the second trolley was also injured, Pesaturo said.
Chief of Boston EMS James Hooley said several people “complained of neck and back pain that required them to be carried up and extracted, but the majority of them – 28 or so – were walking, wounded.”

About 200 people were on the Green Line trains at the time of the crash.
MBTA officials downplayed the severity of the incident, saying it was a “slow-speed crash” that damaged no trolleys. There were no serious injuries, Hooley said.

Public Transportation Accidents in Massachusetts

Accidents with different modes of public transportation like trains and buses can have serious consequences for Massachusetts individuals. People hurt in these collisions can suffer from physical injury such as broken bones, sprains, and concussions; psychological harm like shock, PTSD, and depression; and financial challenges including decreased productivity, absenteeism, and termination.

Our team of personal injury lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP is prepared to aggressively represent Massachusetts individuals hurt in accidents with buses and trains. We have over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases, and the expertise necessary to provide you with exceptional results.

If you have been injured and aren’t sure what to do next, please call us at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 or email us for a free initial consultation.

Source: MTBA: No cell phone use, mechanical failure in MBTA trolley crash,, November 30, 2012.

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