Harvard PhD Student Hit By Falling Debris Plans To Sue MBTA

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lawyers representing the 28-year-old woman that was hit by a falling utility box on May 1 at Harvard Station in Cambridge say they plan on filing a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Attorney Thomas Flaw of Altman Nussbaum Shunnarah Trial Attorneys says his client, a PhD student a Harvard University, suffered a detached clavicle injury to her shoulder during the impact, which will need long-term medical treatment. Legal counsel for the plaintiff go on to say the incident interrupted her "rigorous academic schedule during a crucial time for students."

“We are troubled by the ongoing issues at Harvard station and throughout the overall MBTA transit operation. With reasonable attention and maintenance, this incident would have been prevented. We intend to find out exactly what is causing dangerous objects to repeatedly detach or fall from the ceiling at the Harvard station. We want to ensure no rider utilizing public transportation is ever injured in this manner again," Flaws said.

Following the incident, the MBTA took steps to remove all utility boxes similar to the one that hit the woman from Harvard Station from stations. According to T officials, initial investigation showed that the straps on the box had corroded, causing it to drop onto the southbound platform below.

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"The MBTA’s top priority is delivering safe and reliable service. The MBTA deeply regrets that this incident occurred, and know that we continue to work every day to ensure safety for all," a spokesperson for the MBTA said.

MBTA officials say the new General Manager, Phillip Eng, reached out to the customer to express his concern for her well-being.

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