Officials: Wheel fell off Commuter Rail train during morning commute

BELMONT, MASS. (WHDH) - A Fitchburg Line Commuter Rail train derailed Tuesday morning when a wheel fell off a single-level coach car near Waverly Station, officials said.

About 800 passengers were onboard the train when it slipped off the track around 7:45 a.m., according to Keolis, the company responsible for operating the Commuter Rail for the MBTA.

“While the root cause of the wheel separation will be determined through an investigation, it has been determined that the wheel separation prompted the derailment,” Keolis said.

No injuries were reported and all of the passengers were transferred onto another train. The incident did cause lengthy delays.

Commuter Rail coach cars, including wheel sets, are inspected daily but Keolis said an inspection of all cars with the same equipment would be completed before the start of the evening commute.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is our highest priority,” MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez said. “We appreciate our passengers’ patience and cooperation during this incident, and I want to thank our teams for their efforts to restore Commuter Rail to full service.”

“To me, it felt as if we ran over a really big branch,” said passenger Rebecca McBreen. “A big thud, a big clunk. And then it was as if it was caught in your tire, you’re in your car and you’re dragging something. We were all, in a way, laughing at it because it’s so ridiculous. But at the same time, we’re not surprised.”

McBreen says she’s used to seeing other mechanical issues on trains, but she says days like this are hardly worth the $10 ticket fee.

“This is just another, to me, the nail in the coffin that it needs to change,” McBreen said. “They got lucky this time.”

 

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