Two MBTA Green Line trains collide near Government Center, MBTA says

Two MBTA Green Line trains collide near Government Center, MBTA says

Authorities were investigating after a collision involving two MBTA Green Line trains Wednesday night near Government Center. A spokesperson for the MBTA said just after 9:20 pm, a two-car westbound train with 20 to 25 passengers on board, struck a two-car, passenger-less train that was preparing to enter service at Government Center. Shuttle buses are replacing Green Line service between Lechmere and North Station due to the collision involving the two Green Line trains. Blue Line trains were bypassing the Government Center station.”Passengers can use the Orange Line to connect to the Blue and Red Lines. Please plan for additional travel time,” the MBTA said early Thursday.One of the trains involved in the collision has been re-railed, and workers are in the process of re-railing the second train. Three MBTA Green Line operators were injured and transported to Mass. General Hospital., the spokesperson for the transit agency said. None of the passengers were treated for injuries. The MBTA said both trains derailed following the collision. Initial reports from the scene said it appeared the trains collided as they were traveling toward the Park Street MBTA station from Government Center. Sources said the collision appeared to occur where two tracks merge into one. The incident occurred less than a month after federal transportation officials said they were reviewing MBTA safety.The review was prompted after a Red Line passenger died in April after getting his arm caught in a subway door in Boston last month.The Federal Transit Administration letter to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said they’re extremely concerned about “the pattern of safety incidents” citing “derailments, train collisions, grade crossing fatalities, and incidents that have endangered both MBTA employees and its passengers.”MBTA officials said last month they support the FTA’s review and are focused on making the system as safe as possible. Poftak pointed to billions invested toward upgrading the system.

Authorities were investigating after a collision involving two MBTA Green Line trains Wednesday night near Government Center.

A spokesperson for the MBTA said just after 9:20 pm, a two-car westbound train with 20 to 25 passengers on board, struck a two-car, passenger-less train that was preparing to enter service at Government Center.

Shuttle buses are replacing Green Line service between Lechmere and North Station due to the collision involving the two Green Line trains. Blue Line trains were bypassing the Government Center station.

“Passengers can use the Orange Line to connect to the Blue and Red Lines. Please plan for additional travel time,” the MBTA said early Thursday.

One of the trains involved in the collision has been re-railed, and workers are in the process of re-railing the second train.

Three MBTA Green Line operators were injured and transported to Mass. General Hospital., the spokesperson for the transit agency said. None of the passengers were treated for injuries.

The MBTA said both trains derailed following the collision.

Initial reports from the scene said it appeared the trains collided as they were traveling toward the Park Street MBTA station from Government Center.

Sources said the collision appeared to occur where two tracks merge into one.

The incident occurred less than a month after federal transportation officials said they were reviewing MBTA safety.

The review was prompted after a Red Line passenger died in April after getting his arm caught in a subway door in Boston last month.

The Federal Transit Administration letter to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said they’re extremely concerned about “the pattern of safety incidents” citing “derailments, train collisions, grade crossing fatalities, and incidents that have endangered both MBTA employees and its passengers.”

MBTA officials said last month they support the FTA’s review and are focused on making the system as safe as possible.

Poftak pointed to billions invested toward upgrading the system.

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