A former top MBTA safety official says in a whistleblower complaint that he was fired by the T as he investigated numerous safety violations and was even urged to alter a report about a runaway train, according to a Boston Globe report.
Ron Nickle, the MBTA's former top safety official, wrote in a 97-page complaint to federal regulators and obtained by the Globe, that he was fired in March after eight years at the T as he investigated a number of incidents, including a worker's electrocution on the Orange Line, a Green Line derailment during the Patriots' Super Bowl parade, and was urged to alter a report on a 2015 runaway Red Line train.
Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesperson, did not say why Nickle was fired, but told the Globe Nickle is misrepresenting events and the T will review the claims with federal regulators.
The Federal Transit Administration, which regulates public transit agencies, declined to confirm or deny to the Globe that it had received the complaint.
An MBTA spokesperson issued a statement on Monday morning regarding the complaint, saying:
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