BOSTON (CBS) – More than 20 people are being treated for injuries after a collision involving two Green Line trains in Boston. The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. on the B Branch near Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said the two trains were traveling westbound when the trailing train struck the one in front of it.
The MBTA said 25 people received medical attention after the crash. EMS workers from Boston and Brookline transported 23 people to the hospital.
BREAKING: Apparent green line collision between two trains right around Boston University along the beeline. A bunch of people are here getting treated for injuries. We see some neck braces and ice patches. #WBZ pic.twitter.com/iip3GmbTf6
— Kristina Rex (@KristinaRex) July 30, 2021
“Right now we are in the midst of conducting an investigation,” Poftak said. “We will obviously get to the bottom of this. This should not happen and we will find out why it happened and we will ensure that it won’t happen again.”
Poftak said the driver of the rear train was among those who was transported to the hospital.
“Obviously at some point they became too close together, that is a situation that should not happen,” Poftak said. “The investigation will dig into why that happened.”
Poftak said the trains became de-railed after the crash. Once the investigation is complete, the trains will be re-railed and repairs will be made to any infrastructure that was damaged.
“It was definitely scary,” witness JC told WBZ. “I heard a big boom, and that’s what made my heart drop.”
JC, who was sitting in a car when the crash happened, said passengers appeared to have neck and head injuries.
“So there was a woman that was coming off the train, and she had a lot of blood coming down her face,” JC said. “I had napkins, so I gave her some napkins and stuff like that.”
The MBTA said shuttle buses are replacing B Branch trains between Kenmore and Washington Street.