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MBTA Driver Fired, Called 'Solely Responsible' for Crash

The operator had been working an overnight shift at a second job before the morning crash.

MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis said Wednesday that the operator of the Green Line trolley that crashed at Boylston Station last Thursday was "solely responsible" for the crash and has been fired.

The operator, who Davis declined to identify, showed up after working an overnight shift at a second job and was therefore unfit for duty, he said. He was fired for "alarming disregard for customer safety," Davis said. 

The man had been working from midnight to 8 a.m. at a second job, then reported to his MBTA job at 11 a.m. The crash happened at 11:48 a.m. Davis said it's unclear whether the man fell asleep at the wheel. 

The crash caused passenger injury, throwing at least one man from a stopped train at Boylston, and half a million dollars in damages, Davis said. 

Davis did not comment on the type of second job the operator had, but said that it was part-time and that he was a full-time MBTA employee. The day before the crash, the man had worked the same midnight to 8 a.m. shift at the second job and an 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. shift at the MBTA. The operator had been through fatigue-awareness training twice in the past year, according to Davis. 

There are no policies against MBTA drivers having second jobs but each assumes a personal responsibility to make sure they are fit for duty, Davis said. 

Asked what the employee made, Davis did not provide a figure but said, "The MBTA does provide a good salary. It provides good benefits to all our employees."

Ilana December 06, 2012 at 03:51 AM
This is a very sad situation, but typical of organizations who staff operations with less people than necessary, taking advantage of those who need two-three jobs to make ends meet. This driver was about to be awarded for safe driving performance, and now he has nothing. Is that fair? Who is MANAGEMENT here, who has allowed things to get so dismal that drivers are pulling doubles to make ends meet? This is a CORPORATE problem, nothing more.

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