‘Human error’ likely cause of Commuter Rail crash, derailment that shut down Fairmount Line

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.

This is a developing story; stay with 7News on air and online for the latest updates.


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