MBTA Alewife Red Line Service Resumes Friday

Morning commuters enter the newly-reopened Alewife Station on Friday. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Red Line train service has returned to Alewife Station after a serious car crash last Saturday. Riders are getting into the station through the Russell Field entrance, and the parking garage is partially open.

Commuters were happy to have the Red Line back.

"I take it every day to work. I'm happy, it's been a hassle. There's been a couple times I was late, I'm just happy it's back running," one daily rider told WBZ's James Rojas.

The station shuttered on Saturday when a 29-year-old Medford man crashed his car into the wall of the top floor of the Alewife garage, causing a five-ton chunk of concrete to fall and smash into the glass ceiling of the lobby below. The lobby is still closed in the main Alewife Station terminal.

The car was left teetering on the edge of the garage roof. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, after EMTs were able to revive him. One person in the lobby was injured as the debris rained down on pedestrians.

Transit Police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office say the crash was intentional, and that they think the driver was "seeking to harm himself." He's being charged with eight counts of Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon, and a count of Operating to Endanger.

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