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Boston Trolley Crash Blamed on Text-Messaging Driver

We've seen people caught texting while driving cars, buses, motorcycles, and trains. We can now add to that list: texting in a trolley. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced over the weekend that a 24-year-old Boston trolley operator admitted to texting his girlfriend just before the trolley he was piloting slammed into another, injuring about 50 people, on Friday, May 8.

The crash, which occurred within the Boston city limits, resulted in only minor injuries, but will likely cost the unnamed operator his job. Currently, the MBTA bans employees from using cell phones while working on a train or bus.


As a result of this trolley texting incident, the transit authority is pushing for banning bus and train operators from even carrying cell phones while on duty. Official argue that it's not essential for operators to carry cell phones, because most passengers carry cell phones that can function as a back up to radio in case of emergency.

While not as tragic as the train crash in California last year that killed 25, the collision in Boston serves to prove that people just don't learn. We hope that the operator, at least, takes something away from it: He broke his wrist in the crash, suffering the worst injury during Friday's incident.
[From: Boston Globe and AP/JacksonSun.com]

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