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Dozens of passengers jump from the windows of an Orange Line train that caught fire


An Orange Line train passenger jumped off a bridge into the Mystic River and dozens of other passengers were evacuated through the windows of the MBTA train after it caught fire on a bridge in Somerville, Massachusetts. Smoke could be seen billowing from the train which was stopped on Dana Bridge shortly before 7am. Video from inside one of the train’s cars showed passengers climbing out of windows and jumping onto the tracks below. MBTA general manager Steve Poftak said it appears a metal sill that runs along the base of the train that was put into service in January 1980 has come loose from car 1251 and made contact with the third rail. Sparks ignited materials under the train. “There were noises like explosions. Flames could be seen outside the windows. The flames were rising. You might smell the burn. There was smoke entering the car. A gentleman who was next to me got off. He was pulling the latch. He was trying to open the emergency exit. It just wouldn’t budge. Like, he’s kicking and people are trying to help him,” rider Jennifer Thomson said. About 200 people were on the train at the time of the incident. Several passengers were evacuated through four train windows which were removed. “Obviously this is a very scary event and not the service the MBTA wants to provide,” Poftak said. “These are the types of incidents that we strive to prevent and avoid every day.” Passenger Aubrey Charles said a woman panicked and jumped off the bridge into the river. Rescue teams were able to rescue the woman who was in the water. Officials said she refused to receive medical treatment. “We were in the car in the middle and the train stopped just past Wellington on the bridge. There were billowing smoke and everyone started to panic. They told us to move to the back of the train, where they had a ladder and they evacuated us and took us back to Wellington, but some people were getting down between the cars and jumping out the windows,” Aubrey Charles said. “That was probably the most confusing part for me . It was a bigger drop than you might think. By the time we got to the third or fourth car, I heard a woman screaming behind me and she said, ‘No, no. Don’t jump!’ Then we look in the river and there is this woman swimming. People were like, what happens. Are we going home today? Thomson said. Nick Andreucci was in the front car of the Orange Line train, as smoke and fire consumed the window he was sitting next to. “Once he passed Wellington, it wasn’t a normal thing for you to feel,” Andreucci said. “When you started seeing it and feeling it, you were like, ‘Okay, this is serious now.'” door was locked,” Andreucci said. “He immediately went to the window, took two kicks, took the window out, he jumped, I jumped, other passengers jumped.” Passengers said there was some confusion over the incident. “I couldn’t hear anything on the speakers. There were no MBTA personnel. Everyone was looking around and we could all see smell smoke and see smoke,” said passenger Erin Marx. Passengers were seen walking on the tracks to get to the nearest station. No injuries were reported. was last inspected on June 23 and the sill was inspected as part of the process. The MBTA warned of delays near the assembly station and used shuttles to replace service between Oak Grove and Community College stations for about four hours. The train was driven back to the Wellington garage, where MBTA officials could be seen inspecting a charred area of ​​the lead car. “The MBTA Track and Energy Departments are at the incident site inspecting the infrastructure. The MBTA has notified the FTA and NTSB of the incident,” Poftak said. “If someone dies on the T, they can’t pretend they didn’t know it was going to happen, because it was a nightmare,” Thomson said. Last month, new Orange Line trains were withdrawn from service after a battery went out of range. the temperature reading caused the battery to overcharge for a long time and fail. In May, a braking problem caused one of the new Orange Line trains to be disabled. A year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all new Orange Line vehicles to be removed from the tracks for around five months. week, the MBTA said it would need millions of dollars to address safety issues highlighted in a Federal Transportation Administration report. Among the problems identified by the FTA were backlogs of thousands of known faults related to rail infrastructure, including a section of the Orange Line which has been subject to a speed limit since 2019 due to excessive wear and tear. defaults. MBTA officials said 500 feet of new lanes were installed on the southbound tracks between Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations on July 10, allowing for a partial relaxation of the speed limit. About 1,000 feet still need to be replaced before train speeds can return to normal.

An Orange Line train passenger jumped off a bridge into the Mystic River and dozens of other passengers were evacuated through the windows of the MBTA train after catching fire on a bridge in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the train which had stopped at Dana Bridge shortly before 7am.

MBTA general manager Steve Poftak said it appears a metal sill that runs along the base of the train that was put into service in January 1980 has come loose from car 1251 and made contact with the third rail. Sparks ignited materials under the train.

“There were noises like explosions. Flames could be seen outside the windows. The flames were rising. You might smell the burn. There was smoke entering the car. A gentleman who was next to me got off. He was pulling the latch. He was trying to open the emergency exit. It just wouldn’t budge. Like, he’s kicking and people are trying to help him,” rider Jennifer Thomson said.

About 200 people were on the train at the time of the incident. Several passengers are evacuated through four windows of the train which have been removed.

“Obviously this is a very scary event and not the service the MBTA wants to provide,” Poftak said. “These are the types of incidents that we strive to prevent and avoid every day.”

Passenger Aubrey Charles said a woman panicked and jumped off the bridge into the river. Rescue teams were able to rescue the woman who was in the water. Officials said she refused to receive medical treatment.

“We were in the car in the middle and the train stopped just past Wellington over the bridge. There were billowing smoke and everyone started to panic. They told us to move to the back of the train where they had a ladder and they evacuated us and took us back to Wellington but some people were getting down between the cars and jumping out of the windows,” Aubrey Charles said.

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“That was probably the most disturbing part for me. It was a bigger drop than you think. As we got to the third or fourth car, I heard a woman screaming behind me and she said, ‘No, no. Don’t jump!’ Then we look in the river and there’s this woman swimming. People were like, what’s going on. Are we going to go home today? Thomson said.

Nick Andreucci was in the front car of the Orange Line train, as smoke and fire consumed the window he was sitting next to.

“Once he passed Wellington, it wasn’t a normal thing for you to feel,” Andreucci said. “When you started seeing it and feeling it, you were like, ‘Okay, this is serious now.'”

“You started hearing someone say fire, then a guy started freaking out, so he tried to get out the back door, the back door was locked,” Andreucci said. “He immediately went to the window, took two kicks, took the window out, he jumped, I jumped, other passengers jumped.”

Passengers said there was some confusion over the incident.

“The first 10 minutes were quite tense because we didn’t hear anything on the speakers. There were no MBTA personnel. Everyone was looking around, and we could all see smell the smoke and see the smoke,” passenger Erin Marx said.

Passengers were seen walking on the tracks to get to the nearest station. No injuries were reported.

“Flames and smoke were seen on the head carriage of a southbound Orange Line train on approach to Assembly station. Power was cut off between Wellington and Assembly and services were Somerville and Medford fires responded,” Poftak said.

Poftak said the train was last inspected on June 23 and the threshold was inspected as part of the process.

The MBTA warned of delays near the assembly station and used shuttles to replace service between Oak Grove and Community College stations for about four hours.

Dozens of passengers jump from the windows of an Orange Line train that caught fire

The train was driven back to the Wellington garage, where MBTA officials could be seen inspecting a charred area of ​​the lead car.

“The MBTA Track and Energy Departments are at the incident site inspecting the infrastructure. The MBTA has notified the FTA and NTSB of the incident,” Poftak said.

“If someone dies on the T, they can’t pretend they didn’t know it was going to happen, because it was a nightmare,” Thomson said.

Last month, new Orange Line trains were withdrawn from service after an out-of-range battery temperature reading caused the battery to overcharge for an extended period of time and fail. In May, a braking problem caused one of the new Orange Line trains to be disabled.

A year ago, a derailment at Wellington station caused all new Orange Line vehicles to be taken off the tracks for about five months.

Earlier this week, the MBTA said it would need millions of dollars to address safety issues highlighted in a Federal Transportation Administration report.

Among the problems identified by the FTA were backlogs of thousands of known faults related to rail infrastructure, including a section of the Orange Line which has been subject to a speed limit since 2019 due to excessive wear and tear. defaults.

MBTA officials said 500 feet of new track was installed on the southbound tracks between Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations on July 10, allowing for a partial relaxation of the speed limit. About 1,000 feet still need to be replaced before train speeds can return to normal.

Video below: “Everyone started to panic”: Passengers describe the fire of a train on the Orange line

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