Orange Line kills T worker, injures two others at Wellington

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Orange Line kills T worker, injures two others at Wellington

Postby Ron Newman » Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:23 am

T worker killed by Orange Line train

MEDFORD -- An MBTA worker was killed, and two others were injured last night when they were struck by an Orange Line train as they worked along tracks to fix a frozen signal near Wellington Station.
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The accident about 7 p.m. startled many of the roughly 50 passengers on the inbound train, some of whom looked out to see two employees lying on the ground and other T workers running to their aid.
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The driver of the train, which was arriving at the station at 7 p.m. from Malden Station, told T police in his first statement that a northbound train had just passed by, kicking up a plume of snow as it pulled out of the station, according to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

Trains in the area can travel 30 to 40 miles per hour. Pesaturo speculated that the plume of snow could have obscured the motorman's vision, preventing him from seeing the workers.

Full Boston Globe story here.
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Postby Ron Newman » Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:27 am

And here's the Boston Herald story:

Train hits 3 workers, kills 1

Whiteout conditions in the wake of one train may have blinded three workers to the approach of another that struck and killed one man and injured his crewmates outside Wellington Station last night, MBTA officials said.

The trio, a signal engineer and two signal workers, were clearing snow from switches along the Orange Line tracks in Medford when the train hit them about 7 p.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

``Obviously the investigation is in the early stages, but there is no indication that anything was done incorrectly,'' Pesaturo said.

The first, outbound train passed the workers less than five minutes before the inbound train struck them, possibly at 35 to 50 mph, a common speed along that stretch.

``It may have caused whiteout conditions,'' Pesaturo said. ``They'll be looking at whether the snow that was kicked up by the northbound train is a factor.''

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Postby Robert Paniagua » Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:30 am

I actually moved this topic to the Area's on the T to Avoid due to Construction/Travel Delays thread. Let's continue disscussing this there.
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