BOSTON - An MBTA commuter train derailed on Thursday afternoon near Lansdowne station, creating significant delays for the Framingham, Worcester Commuter Rail line. Passengers were advised to seek alternate transportation until the issue could be fixed by crews.
According to WCVB, the train experienced a “low-speed upright derailment." At the time of the derailment, the train car was empty. No injuries were reported on the scene.
Both the MBTA and Keolis crews are said to be investigating what caused train 518 from Worcester to make its way off the tracks. Workers were reportedly seen on the tracks with flashlights, assessing the problem.
Update: Worcester Train 518 (1:55 pm from Worcester) is stopped before Lansdowne due to a low speed upright derailment. No passengers were riding in the coach that derailed and no injuries have been reported at this time.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) December 26, 2019
Keolis has since shared that the derailment is “believed to be caused by human error in not setting a switch properly.”
Passengers on the Worcester Line will be accommodated by buses from S Station & Back Bay. The buses will run directly to Newtonville for continued outbound train service. The train will depart Newtonville at 6:40pm and will make all stops to Worcester.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) December 26, 2019
Shuttle buses were rerouted to assist in the delays, that were estimated to be up to 50 minutes, with passengers taking to social media to share their irritation.
Image via Wikimedia Commons