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T train snafu in first storm of season

Posted On: Dec 3, 2019   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

Yesterday brought the first storm of the season - good news for kids in the western part of the state who got a snow day, bad news for commuters who had to make their way through the icy muck. And it also saw a commuter rail coach car detach while leaving South Station at about 7 a.m.
It's that development that perhaps marks an evolution in MBTA misadventures - the detachment wasn't even weather-related. That's right - the T doesn't need to be affected by a storm to add to the commuting chaos of a storm.
Congratulations?
A State House News Service report quoted Keolis spokesman Justin Thompson, who said, “The train's safety features were working correctly and the train came to a complete stop. There were 10 passengers onboard, who were transferred to another train.”
There were no injuries, but there was fallout, as the MBTA's Twitter updates showed: “Due to terminal congestion caused by a disabled train near South Station's entrance, all trains may experience delays up to 20 minutes in both directions.”
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