MBTA working to ‘end employment’ of Green Line trolley driver involved in Comm Ave crash

NTSB previously ruled driver put trolley in ‘full power’ position before July 30 crash

BOSTON — The MBTA said in a statement Tuesday that they are “taking the steps necessary to end the employment” of the driver of a Green Line trolley that was involved in a crash on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue on July 30. Twenty-seven people were injured in that crash, including 24 passengers and three crew members.

Earlier on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on July’s Green Line crash and derailment on Comm Ave. According to investigators, the trolley driver was going about three times the speed limit when he hit another trolley in front of him.

The data recorder shows he put the trolley in the full power position just before the crash.

That employee had been placed on administrative leave on July 31 and was later suspended without pay effective Monday, Sept. 20.

“The delivery of safe and reliable service is the MBTA’s top priority, and the MBTA took swift action following the July 30th incident to place the operator on leave,” the MBTA wrote Tuesday. “The MBTA and Transit Police will continue to work with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in its ongoing investigation into the trolley operator’s actions.

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