Lengthy delays on the Orange Line originally due to problems related to the Michelob truck stuck on I-93 only escalated during the evening rush when power went out on the tracks north of North Station.
Amanda Smith reported at 6:20 p.m.:
No accurate info for folks waiting 30+ mins at north station for Orange line. Signage wrong, no announcements.
Nick Pamarozzo managed to get on an outbound train at Community College that promptly died. No lights, no air conditioning, an endless repeating message acknowledging the delay - and other trains passing his heading north on the southbound tracks.
Some hero cracked a door. I heard my first "are we gonna die in here?". Third "we'll be moving in a few minutes" and counting.
Other trapped riders began posting tweets that they had to use the bathroom and wondering what they should do.
Problems initially developed on the Orange Line shortly after 4 p.m. when firefighters ordered train service shut between Community College and Sullivan Square as a precaution as crews removed the truck cab hanging over the side of the highway - directly above the Orange Line tracks.
At North Station, T workers initially told northbound commuters to hop on Haverhill Line trains - which themselves were delayed since their tracks also pass under I-93.
The T eventually eventually organized buses to get passengers north. Passengers headed south from North Station, meanwhile, were told to squeeze onto Green Line trolleys to Back Bay.
Passengers all along the line reported delays and confusion in the interim.
Around 4:10 p.m., Nikki reported:
Just got kicked off the orange line at Back Bay. Absolute confusion.