• Boylston Street station reopened following trolley crash


    BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The Boylston Street Green Line station was reopened following a crash between two trolleys Thursday.

    IMAGES: MBTA Green Line trolleys collide on Tremont Street

    The crash happened at about noon on Thursday. An eyewitness on the train told FOX 25 that a Green Line trolley coming into the station crashed into a train already parked at the station. The witness report was confirmed by MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

    Pesaturo said there was no visible damage to the trains and neither had derailed. He says approximately 35 people reported back and neck pain following the crash and nine others were taken to hospitals. He estimates between 100 and 200 passengers were on board.

    "All of a sudden, you were like ‘Bang!' Everybody like piled up on each other," said Walter Lazare, a passenger.

    Emily Frachtling was in the second car and says it never slowed down before it struck the trolley in front of them.

    "We were just going full speed like the same speed that we were going normally," says Frachtling. "The whole time like it didn't slow down at all."

    An MBTA spokesman tells FOX 25 there is no evidence that either driver had their cell phone in their possession or were text messaging at the time of the crash. It's also unclear if there were signal problems, or how fast the trolley was moving at the time that it hit another while it was stopped at the Boylston "T" station.

    The drivers of both trolleys were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the MBTA into the crash. Pesaturo said that the driver of the second train has been with the T since 2006 and has no accidents on his record. The crash happened about an hour after that driver started his shift.

    IMAGES: MBTA Green Line trolleys collide on Tremont Street

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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