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MBTA trolley cars crash near Cedar Grove; 7 hurt

Several people sustained minor injuries when an out-of-service trolley hit another trolley containing commuters Wednesday morning near Cedar Grove Station, authorities said.

The MBTA said seven people complained of back discomfort after the crash on the Ashmont-Mattapan high-speed trolley line at about 6:40 a.m. Full service resumed shortly before 9 a.m. on the line.

The Boston Fire Department said they were called to the scene at 6:43 a.m. Approximately five people were placed on backboards and evacuated, while another couple were evacuated using chairs, the department said in official tweets.

Rescuers got access to the scene through Cedar Grove Cemetery. The operation included Boston EMS, MBTA Transit Police, and the MBTA, fire officials said. The fire department had left the scene by 7:45 a.m.

Both cars were inbound trolleys. The out-of-service trolley rolled backward toward a trolley behind it and made contact with it, the MBTA said. At the time, the weather was clear.

“Investigators will be interviewing the trolley operator and inspecting equipment as they gather all the facts in this matter,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement.

The passengers were escorted off the trolley and taken to a bus to continue their journeys.

Shuttle buses also replaced Red Line service between Harvard and Alewife stations in both directions earlier in the morning, according to the MBTA’s website. The MBTA blamed disabled work equipment for the service disruption, and says commuters may experience minor residual delays.

Source: The Boston Globe