A runaway freight car carrying lumber collided with a MBTA commuter train bound for Canton Junction at 5:20pm Tuesday afternoon according to Canton fire chief, Tim Ronayne in a press conference held earlier this evening.
A runaway freight car carrying lumber collided with a MBTA commuter train bound for Canton Junction at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to Canton fire chief Tim Ronayne in a press conference held earlier this evening.
According to Ronayne, the passenger train which was carrying 300 passengers was struck by a single freight car traveling from Stoughton from an unknown location from a side rail. Out of the 300 commuters 150 of those people were transported to Norwood Hospital, Milton Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton with minor injuries with back pain as the most serious injury.
Rescue crews from as far as Halifax responded to the five alarm accident. The remaining passengers were bussed from the scene by the MBTA.
Paul McMillan, MBTA Police Chief, investigating accident said, "The injuries were not as severe as they could've been, if it weren't for the MBTA's warning system," said McMillan.
He went to on to explain the MBTA's warning system which was in place to alert their trains if another train is approaching on the same track. The commuter rail got the message and stopped the train by the Chapman St. Bridge in Canton where the freight car struck the train.