ALMOST two dozen people were injured after two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trolleys crashed into each other in Boston.
Twenty-three people are lucky to be alive and facing non-life-threatening injuries, Boston EMS said, after two MBTA trolleys crashed along Commonwealth Avenue near Agganis Arena, between Babcock Street and Harry Agganis Way.
Witnesses of the crash say they saw the trolleys stopped at a light when one of the trolleys suddenly jerked forward.
“The train was stopped at the light when it suddenly jerked forward,” said Brian Sirman, who was a passenger on one of the trains.
“It felt like the worst amusement park ride that you could imagine, just jerking you forward.”
“I didn’t fall out of my seat other than bumping my head on the metal bar behind me,” Sirman added. “Everyone else who was in the side seats or standing ended up on the floor.”
Sirman added that he didn’t quite realize they had gotten hit, instead thinking they were experiencing engine failure.
“I hadn’t realized we were hit until I was leaving the scene and saw the end of the second car smashed in.”
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said the agency is looking into how the crash occurred.
“We have our safety department on scene currently conducting an investigation,” Poftak added.
“This should not happen and we will find out why it happened and ensure it won’t happen again.”
Images from the scene show the Green Line trolley 3705B with damage at one end of the trolley, showing a part of the car bent in with a shattered front windshield.
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“We will leave these trains in place until we get sign-off from not only our internal safety department, but our other partners,” Poftak says.
“Once we’re satisfied that we have all the information we need from the scene, we will begin the process of re-railing the vehicles and also making any repairs to the infrastructure that needs to be made,” Poftak added.
“We will get to the bottom of this,” he ended.