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Accident Report Detail

Employee Fatality, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Ruggles Street Station

Executive Summary

On January 30, 1997, about 9:42 a.m., eastern standard time, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system track repairman was fatally injured when he was struck by northbound MBTA subway train No. 1285, north of the Ruggles Street Station.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the inadequate oversight of track maintenance employees on the right-of-way by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Contributing to the accident was the lack of a Safety Rule Book and periodic safety rules training for the track department employees by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Additionally, the MBTA had no procedures that assured that all employees read and understand the Monthly Safety Bulletins.

Accident Location: Boston , MA    
Accident Date: 1/20/1997
Accident ID: ATL97FR003

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-18
NTIS Number:  

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