train derailmentMonday’s Green Line train derailment in Boston’s Kenmore Station has led investigators to believe that speed was a contributing factor. “A thorough inspection of the track and signal systems found no defects nor anomalies,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Investigators continue to take a close look at the performance of the motor person who was operating the train at the time” (source: WCVB).

The derailment left ten people injured, two of them being MBTA workers. None of the injuries were serious.

Sydley Gardner, 48, was the trolley operator at the time of the train derailment. Gardener had worked for the T for five years and has been put on paid leave for the duration of the investigation. According to records from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Gardner has a history of motor vehicle driving infractions spanning over thirty years. Infractions include speeding, failure to stop and several license suspensions for failure to make required payments (source: WCVB). At the time of Gardner’s hire in 2008, his driving records were not checked because it was not required by law at the time.

Monday’s train derailment wasn’t the first for the Green Line. The Federal Transit Authority’s data shows the Green Line’s collision rate is six times higher than the T’s other lines and the injury rate is forty times higher. Other Green line accidents over the past few years include:

  • A collision that occurred in Newton in May, 2008 when two westbound MBTA trains collided on the Green Line “D” branch between Woodland and Waban stations. The operator fell asleep and was killed. 14 people were injured.
  • In December, 2009 a Green Line train derailed in the Copley Square Station. No one was hurt.
  • A Green Line trolley crashed into a car carrying three members of the Boston College hockey team. At first, the car was to blame but months later it was revealed that the trolley operator was speeding. The charges against the BC students were dismissed.
  • In October, 2012, two Green Line trains collided on Huntington Avenue leaving the operator and two passengers injured.

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