MBTA Driver In July Green Line Crash Arraigned

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA Green Line Trolley operator charged with causing a crash back in July was arraigned in court on Wednesday.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Owen Turner appeared in court for a summons on charges of negligence of a person having care of public conveyance and gross negligence in management of a train.

Officials did not request bail because Turner appeared on a summons. As part of his release, he can only drive during the day for family business.

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He is charged in connection to the July 30 incident in which the trolley he was operating crashed into the rear of another trolley on the MBTA's B Line. The crash sent multiple people to the hospital.

Officials say the train Turner was operating was traveling 31 miles per hour in a 10 mile per hour zone, when it crashed into a slower-moving trolley in the area of Boston University.

"This was a preventable crash that put the safety and wellbeing of Green Line passengers and MBTA employees at risk,” said Rollins.

Turner's next court date is set for December 8.

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