Passengers climb out of windows during Boston train fire – WSB-TV Channel 2


SOMERVILLE, Mass. – (AP) – A passenger jumped into a river and several others climbed out of windows when a Boston-area transit train caught fire during Thursday morning’s ride, officials said . The fire is the latest in a series of dangerous issues with the struggling system.

No injuries were reported and the person who jumped into the water refused medical attention, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said in a statement.

The incoming MBTA Orange Line train was crossing the Mystic River just north of Boston, approaching Assembly Station in Somerville around 6:45 a.m. when flames and smoke were spotted coming from the lead car, according to the statement. About 200 passengers were on board, and most were taken from the train to a nearby station by MBTA personnel.

After the power cut, the train was brought to a marshalling yard for an investigation and the infrastructure is being inspected. The MBTA notified the Federal Transit Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The train in question was 43 years old, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said, and was not one of several new Orange Line cars that were temporarily withdrawn from service recently when a car experienced a failure in its battery compartment. They have since been returned to service.

The Federal Transit Administration launched a review of Boston’s subway system in April following several crashes that resulted in injury or death over the past year. The federal agency issued a series of guidelines last month to immediately address “long-standing issues” with the system’s “overall security program and security culture.”


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