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Man Dragged Down Tracks by MBTA Train

According to local police officers, a man was seriously injured as he attempted to get off of a moving train at the Nantasket Junction Depot. Officers say that they located the victim reclining on a bench at the station shortly after the accident happened. Emergency response crews arrived on scene and quickly transport him to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, according to the Patriot Ledger.

He was later transported to Boston to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
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Transit Constabulary report that the train that came from Boston was leaving the Nantasket Junction station in route to Scituate at about 1:30 p.m. when the accident happened. The man opened a closed door on the train and tried to get out. One Hingham official says that it appears that the man may have been dragged by the train nearly 200 feet.

Our MBTA accident attorneys understand that travelers need to be cautious when using public transportation. When we’re not careful and don’t follow rider rules, accidents result. In other cases, hazardous conditions can lead to an accident through no fault of your own.

It’s important to make safety a top priority to help ensure you reach your destination safely. There are a number of ways that we can all help to protect ourselves from accidents on the T. Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offer some safe traveling tips.

MBTA Train Riding Safety Tips:

-When you’re waiting for your train to arrive, make sure that you’re in a central location where there are other patrons. Never wait alone. There’s safety in numbers!

-When you’re riding the T during off hours, make sure that you ride as close to the train operator as you can.

-If there is someone bothering or harassing you on a car, move seats and let the operator of the train know.

-There are intercoms on every train that call the operator directly. In case of an emergency, contact the operator. They can then contact Transit Police directly.

-Transit Police can then be dispatched to any location.

– Be aware of when your stop is coming up. Gather your belongings and get ready to exit the car.

-Stand away from the tracks when waiting for the train. Do not cross the yellow line.

-Allow riders to exit before entering the train car.

-Sit down or hold on to the hand rails once you’ve entered the train car. Keep your belongings nearby, but out of the way of others.

-Keep kids close by and hold hands. Pack up strollers and hold your child’s hand when using stairs or the escalator.

The T is an awfully convenient way to get around town. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous. Keep safety as a top priority when riding and keep a heads up for potential dangers. Report any suspicious activity to the operator or to Transit Police.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an MBTA accident, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman to set up your free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights today. Call us at 877-617-5333.

Additional Resources:

Man Exits Moving Train, Survives, by Neal Simpson, Patriot Ledger
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