MBTA: Utility Box That Struck Woman Fell Due To Corroded Support Straps

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A woman was hurt after a utility box at MBTA Harvard Station slid down a column and struck her Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on the Red Line. The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation as crews shut down the area for safety.

On Tuesday, an MBTA spokesperson said that the box fell because of corrosion on the support straps that secured the box to the column. According to the transit agency, MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng visited the site and directed that every station be immediately inspected for the presence of the boxes and condition of the support straps.

The T said that while Red and Orange Line inspections are complete, and Blue and Green Line inspections are ongoing, the agency believes that the boxes are only present on the Red Line.

MBTA officials also believe this was an isolated incident.

In March, a corroded insulation panel fell from the ceiling at Harvard Station and almost hit a Red Line rider. The MBTA ordered the removal and repair of other corroded panels at stations systemwide.

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