A subway passenger recently captured video of a slumbering driver for the MBTA Green Line in Boston, the newspaper Metro reports. An MBTA spokesman said that the driver was in the second car and not driving at the time but noted that there was “absolutely no excuse for this type of egregious behavior.”
In 2009, an MBTA driver pleaded guilty to texting while driving, after causing a subway crash that injured more than 60 passengers.
New York City also has experienced serious subway accidents, including the following:
- April 2013 – A New York City Transit employee was struck and killed by a subway while trying to open a gate on the tracks.
- February 2012 – Nine people were hit in separate accidents by subway trains in NYC over the course of six days. Three died and one lost his legs.
- February 2009 – Two MTA trains derailed, with 500 passengers on board. A broken rail was to blame.
- August 1991 – Five people were killed and more than 200 were injured when a train derailed just north of Union Square.
Improving Subway Safety
In February 2013, a Huffington Post article addressed the topic of subway safety after two riders were pushed to their deaths. New York’s public transit union at the time had begun a campaign that circulated bloody metrocard fliers, advocating that MTA slowing down trains when approaching stations.
New York City Public Transit Lawyers
When people are injured or killed in public transportation accidents caused by negligence, they or their families deserve fair compensation. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a public transit accident, the experienced New York subway accident lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can offer advice about your case. Send us a quick message today.