MBTA Riders Hire Law Firm After Orange Line Train Fire

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak speaks at a press conference on July 21, after an Orange Line train caught fire over the Mystic River. Photo: Madison Rogers/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan says several MBTA riders have hired it after last week's Orange Line fire.

The riders were all on the Orange Line train that caught fire on Dana Bridge over the Mystic River early in the morning on July 21. Passengers scrambled to get off the train, with some breaking windows and jumping out to escape. One woman even jumped off the bridge into the river below.

"We are investigating if there were certain safety measures that were not in place that could have helped prevent the injuries our clients sustained in the panic," the firm said in a release.

The firm hasn't said how many of the riders have signed on. Lawyers for the firm say they've sent the MBTA formal presentment claims on behalf of the riders, following the Massachusetts Torts Claim Act. They also told WBZ NewsRadio that they're willing to file a lawsuit if the state doesn't respond within the allotted 6-month deadline.

When asked about the potential action, the MBTA refused to comment.

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