Lumber Car Strikes MBTA Commuter Train

CANTON, Mass. — About 150 people were injured when a lumber car crashed into a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter train Tuesday afternoon, March 25, authorities said.

“All the lights went out and people were flying down the aisles and people were on the floor of the car,” one passenger told The Boston Herald newspaper. “The car began filling up with dust and the scary part was part of the woods was burning up outside the doors.”

The train was en route from Boston’s South Station to Stoughton at the time of the crash. An estimated 300 people were on board the train, according to published reports.

No life-threatening injuries were reported.

Authorities say the lumber car rolled roughly two miles from where it had been parked on a siding at a lumber company. The train’s engineer, who was hurt in the collision, stopped the train before the crash after a track signal alerted him about something on the line ahead.

— Railfanning.org News Wire