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At the end of the C Line, things were far from fine

Wedged in car

Danielle Jones shows us some of the carnage in Cleveland Circle where a trolley and several cars had a rather sharp disagreement over who should go where shortly before 8 p.m.


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What happens if the Boston Police investigators determine the trolley driver is at fault and the transit police want to cite the operator of the vehicle ?

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[Disclaimer -- I'm just winging this]

I always figured that MBTA operators were like US Postal vehicle drivers -- the locals can't touch 'em. USPS vehicles can speed, run lights, park on the sidewalk or in front of a hydrant or in an HP space, whatevs, and local (or state) cops can't touch' em.

I always assumed the MBTA was the same way. If a local copper wants to cite an MBTA operator, he needs to get the MBTA police to do it.

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That's not actually the case with the Postal Service. Individual drivers are not immune to the law and can be cited, fined, arrested, whatever. However, the Service itself has immunity from state and local regulations, so if the ticket is written to the owner of the vehicle... yeah.

The MBTA, of course, is not a federal agency so *maybe* some analogous situation exists — but I kind of doubt it.

I expect that if the T police and city police place blame differently, both parties will get their day in court to make their case.

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The police may issue citations for violations of the law.
The police take statements from the drivers and bystanders (witnesses).
The police may measure the scene and try to find out what happened so as to lead up to the collision.
The police prepare a report using all this information.
The insurance company(ies) decide who is at fault in order to determine who pays how much.
The drivers can appeal citations they receive.
The drivers can appeal the decision of who was at fault.

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