Governor Baker Says Inspection Of MBTA Tunnels May Take Days

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MENTHUEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — At the the opening of a New Balance manufacturing plant in Methuen on Monday, Governor Charlie Baker said that the partial collapse of the Government Center parking garage over the weekend will have lasting effects on Orange Line transit service.

The collapse killed 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton while he was operating a small-sized piece of equipment.

"The event itself is a horrible tragedy," Baker said, "I do think it's going to be several days before we're really going to be in a position where the MBTA is going to have the chance to inspect the tunnels and the surrounding area."

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended service between North Station and Back Bay following the incident, and implemented shuttle buses to replace Green Line service between North Station and Government Center, changes that officials said are in place "until further notice."

"Service will not resume until a team of structural engineers, examining and assessing infrastructure above and below the surface, confirms that service can safely resume." MBTA officials said.

Baker reiterated that notion and said that officials will tread lightly during investigations into the partial collapse.

"That is going to require a series of diversions and alternatives with respect to traditional service," Baker said.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they will continue to investigate the collapse.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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