DA Rachael Rollins announces criminal investigation into MBTA following Green Line crash that injured 27 people


In one of her last acts before beginning her role as United States Attorney for Massachusetts, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins has launched a criminal investigation into the MBTA following the crash of the Green Line from last summer which injured 27 runners.

“There may not be a single state agency that impacts the daily lives of the millions of people who live and work in the greater Boston area more than the T,” Rollins said. “Therefore, it is imperative that if we find any continued lack of oversight or neglect at the MBTA, this is exposed and corrected.”

Just after 6 p.m. on July 30, a Green Line train traveling down the middle of Commonwealth Avenue in Brookline ran into the back of another train.

Operator Owen Turner put the train in “full power” before it collided with another train, a National Transportation Safety Board Preliminary investigation concluded.

According to the NTSB report, the striking train accelerated to 31 mph before hitting the other train, which was traveling at 10 mph.

Three crew members and 24 passengers were taken to hospital following the crash, none with life-threatening injuries.

Turner was placed on administrative leave a day after the accident

Last October, Turner was charged with negligence of a person in charge of a public conveyance and gross negligence in the management of a train.

“Mr. Owen was driving three times the speed limit at the time of the accident,” Rollins said. “As his co-workers and supervisors knew, he had a reputation for speeding and a history of violations. MBTA had a duty to remedy the reckless behavior of its employees. The agency failed in its legal duty to take meaningful action in light of the real safety risk these acts created. We will examine whether the behavior of the T, or lack thereof, merits criminal action.

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