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Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

By    |   Friday, 30 January 2015 07:37 PM

A commute on Boston’s Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out windows to escape.

A problem with the train’s propulsion system caused the smoke and an unpleasant smell as the train pulled into the Quincy Center station, The Boston Globe said. Passengers got off of five cars, but the doors failed to open on the sixth one.

“People were trapped in a car, we could not get out, we could smell a burning smell, we had people looking underneath the car thinking there was a fire about the consume the car,” Genevieve Davis, one of passengers, told the Globe.

WCVB reported that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority “brushed off” complaints from passengers over how the situation was handled.

"A failure in the train's propulsion system resulted in a burst of smoke. There was no emergency," Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesperson, told WCVB. He also said passengers didn’t need to break the windows to get out of the car.

WCVB, which said the car involved in the problem was 45 years old, consulted MBTA Advisory Board Executive Director Paul Golden who said it should have been replaced.

"We should never wait as long as we have waited as a Commonwealth to replace the infrastructure that we need to replace," Golden told the TV station. "We have to maintain the system we have. One point three million people a day depend on it. We've got to make sure it's there for them."

Stephanie Pollack, the new Transportation Secretary, told the Boston Herald that commuters on the train are owed an apology.

“I think we owe them an apology and I think we owe them a commitment to get things working better,” Pollack said on Boston Herald Radio, right after she was appointed to office. “The switches that are freezing, the cars that are breaking down ... even though it will take a while, we’re going to have a great system up and running. We’re going to have that kind of T for the 21st century.” (The T is the shorthand name for the transit system.)

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