From close shaves to abandoned heads to a guy riding his motor scooter while riding a train, we saw some weird stuff on the T this year. Here's a sampling (and, hmm, all those examples are from the Orange Line: Red Line, Blue Line, it's time to pick up the pace!)
Transit Police report a man on the inbound tracks at Roxbury Crossing was hit and killed by a train around 6:25 p.m. Police described him as white and apparently in his 30s.
The Boston Fire Department reports the man was on the tracks just before the station and that after the train stopped, firefighters escorted passengers off the train to the platform.
What follows is a far-from-complete list of MBTA delays this year - just the ones I set to rhyme:
Snow flies, Red Line dies, 1/2/14
Trains fail, commuters wail, 2/10/14
Trains die, riders sigh, 2/11/14
Trains succumb, riders are glum, 2/11/14
Transit Police report arresting a Lynn man on charges he punched out a cab driver who couldn't understand his drunken rambling and ordered him out of the cab.
According to police, James Rogers, 52, got into the cab at Wonderland station shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday and:
Began to mumble incoherently. Rogers apparently intoxicated was asked by the victim to repeat the address...Read more
Transit Police report a woman, about 34, was on the tracks at the Attleboro commuter-rail stop when she was hit and killed by an outbound train around 9 a.m.
Both commuter-rail and Amtrak service were halted. Police and the DA's office are investigating why she was on the tracks at the time, but foul play is not suspected....Read more
Transit Police report a man, believed to be in his 40s, was on the inbound side of the tracks near West Gloucester station when he was hit and killed by an inbound commuter-rail train around 6:30 p.m.
Police and the DA's office are investigating what the man was doing on the tracks.
A Green Line inspector could be in hot water for an incident on the Green Line this morning in which a door panel on a trolley suddenly fell off the train, a spokesman says:
A Green Line inspector is facing disciplinary action for failing to ensure that the trolley door was secured in the closed position before the train proceeded to Park St. Because of...Read more
With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary dams.
The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.
UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The T reports regular service is resuming.
Good thing we're going for the summer Olympics: On this nor'eastery day, a trolley that circled the drain at Boylston and another trolley that lost part of a door while moving in a tunnel sent the Green Line into "severe" mode. Passengers crammed into stations hoping in vain to get onto trains that were...Read more
UPDATE: Transit Police report the woman suffered life-threatening injuries.
Orange Line service was shut shortly after 8 a.m. as firefighters and EMTs rushed to Jackson Square to extricate somebody from under a train there. The T ran shuttle buses until around 9:15 a.m., when regular service was resumed. No further details available.Read more