Officials: MBTA trains evacuated due to smoke condition

Officials say passengers on Orange Line trains at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s State Street Station in Boston were evacuated due to a smoke condition.

Fire officials say overheated motors on a train caused a heavy smoke condition on Tuesday night.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the first train became disabled around 8:40 p.m. The second train became disabled about 10 minutes later. Pesaturo says passengers kicked open at least one window to escape the car.

Firefighters cleared the scene just before 10 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials say a piece of sheet metal on the tracks was run over by the train and contributed to the damaged motor.

State Street closed and reopened just before 11 p.m.

In a statement, the MBTA said: 

A defect in the third rail caused two trains to go disabled.  The first disabled train was removed from service without incident.  The second train went disabled at around 8:48.  It remains in the station.  The Boston Fire Dept. has cleared the scene.  Power is being restored.  

Workers inspected all orange line trains overnight, and replaced panels on 13 of the trains. Replacing the panels was a precaution, no problems were found.

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