MBTA Suspends T Driver who Fell Asleep on the Job

Less than a month after a train accident on the D-line in Newton killed train operator Terrese Edmonds, 24, the MBTA has suspended another driver on the Green Line. The driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and will not be allowed to return to work until passing a “fitness of duty examination.”

Boston magazine first reported on the safety issue in June when an employee and several people noticed a trolley driver drifting off to sleep on the C line. Several passerby attempted to report the incident and the customer service representative, who was later reprimanded, dismissed their concerns.

Min Perry, 37, of Wellesley, who was trapped in the wreckage and injured in the May 28 crash on the D-line, has filed a lawsuit against the MBTA. Since that D-line accident, a Needham commuter rail train fatally struck a 15 year old boy in Roslindale last week. In addition, a 79-year old Newton man was killed and a 52-year old Wellesley woman was seriously injured in a three-car train crash in Coolidge Corner on Thursday, June 12.

If you were injured in an MBTA subway, bus or commuter train accident, then contact our Boston injury lawyers. Our team of attorneys will recover payment for lost wages and medical bills relating to the accident. We have successfully handled hundreds of MBTA injury cases.

T driver who fell asleep on job suspended, Boston.com June 28, 2008
Newton man killed in fiery Brookline crash, The Daily News Tribine, June 20, 2008
Investigators rule out track, break problems in train crash, Courant.com, May 31, 2008
Train operator dies after Boston accident, CBSNews.com, May 28, 2008

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