NTSB: Green Line train that rear-ended another was on ‘full power’

Massachusetts

FILE — Investigators at the scene of a crash between two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or MBTA, light rail trains in this July 30, 2021 file photo, in Brookline, Mass. The operator of a light rail train that struck the rear of another train had turned the speed controller to full power, according to a federal report released Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 and the regional transit agency said it is moving to fire the person. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A federal investigation has found that the operator of a light rail train that struck the rear of another train in the Boston area in July had turned the speed controller to full power.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report released Tuesday said the train accelerated to 31 mph before colliding with the train ahead of it. That train had been moving at about 10 mph.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says that the driver has been placed on leave and that it is moving to fire the person.

The crash July 30 sent 24 passengers and three workers to the hospital with minor injuries.

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