BOSTON (WHDH) - The Fairmount Commuter Rail Line was shut down for about 18 hours after an official says “human error” likely caused an out-of-service train to strike another train just outside of South Station Tuesday night.
The low-speed incident, which occurred around 8 p.m., left three coach cars derailed, according to an MBTA spokesman.
Four passengers were onboard the Fairmount Line train and no passengers were onboard the out-of-service train that was leaving a maintenance yard.
There were no reported injuries.
The line resumed regular service shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
An official told 7’s Sharman Sacchetti that the derailment was likely caused by human error.
“The initial findings from this investigation indicate human error was likely a factor in this Fairmount Line incident,” the official said in a statement. “In the process of establishing the facts, it appears that the out of service train did not adhere to a properly displayed red signal, which instructs the crew to stop and not proceed past a point. The involved train crew is currently not in service.”
As crews finish clean-up and final inspections, the MBTA will provide alternative buses as the Fairmount Line remains closed.
This marks the second Commuter Rail derailment in less than two weeks. On April 2, a Rockport Line train derailed during the morning commute.
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