The family of a man dragged to his death by a Red Line train at Broadway station last year is now suing the MBTA in connection with the incident.
Robinson Lalin’s family has claimed the train operator was negligent and careless, saying the operator didn’t make sure the doors were clear before pulling away from the platform.
Emergency crews responded to Broadway station around midnight on April 10 last year. Federal investigators later said Lalin was getting off the train when the doors closed and his arm got stuck.
Investigators said Lalin was dragged roughly 100 feet down the platform.
In its preliminary report weeks after the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board said a fault in a door control system was to blame.
Family members previously criticized the T in comments shortly after Lalin’s death, with Lalin’s nephew Kelvin Lalin telling 7NEWS “there’s definitely technical problems or mechanical issues with the train which the MBTA is responsible for.”
Speaking after the transportation safety board’s report, Lalin said the T had not been exonerated.
“This report is brutal,” Lalin said.
The MBTA issued a statement to 7NEWS after Lalin’s family’s lawsuit Wednesday.
“Mr. Lalin’s death was a tragedy, and the MBTA has extended its deepest condolences to his loved ones,” the T said.
The T said it will not be commenting on the family’s complaint itself due to pending litigation. The agency continued, saying it “is committed to making safety and reliability improvements to the services it provides.”
“MBTA vehicle maintenance personnel work tirelessly to keep the rapid transit fleet operating in a state-of-good-repair and regularly scheduled inspections of subway cars include the testing and maintenance of door components,” the T said. “MBTA trains make thousands of daily trips, carrying hundreds of thousands of riders every day without incident. ”
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