MBTA Green Line D Train Derails Near Riverside

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A MBTA Green Line train, driven by a rookie operator, derailed Wednesday morning in Newton.

The inbound Green Line D train derailed near the Riverside station at a track switch around 6 a.m.

Only one passenger was on board the two-car train at the time. No one was injured.

The operator, who was hired in march, "did not have the signal system's authorization to proceed. By not allowing the track switch to be properly aligned, the second car of the train came off the rails," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement.

The operator has been removed from service while the incident is being investigated.

Shuttle buses initially replaced D branch service. Regularly scheduled service has since resumed.

"I want to apologize to the Green Line customers whose commutes were disrupted this morning," MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement. "We will complete the formal investigation as soon as possible and take corrective action if needed. We can and we must do better."

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