Report: MBTA Driver Facing Charges For July Crash

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— A Green Line operator is facing charges for his involvement in a trolley crash last July that left dozens injured, according to court documents.

Owen Turner, 50, is facing charges of gross negligence of a person in control of a train and for gross negligence of a person having care of a common carrier for the crash on Commonwealth avenue in Brighton on July 30. The crash occurred when the trolley Turner was operating allegedly rear-ended a different trolley.

Turner claimed to have memory issues and has no recollection of the moments leading up to and after the accident, according to court documents. He was reportedly going 31 miles per hour in a 10 mile per hour zone.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash Wednesday, claiming Tuner allegedly placed his master controller in full-power position prior to the accident. As a result of the crash, 24 passengers and three crew members were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Turner was placed on administrative leave then later suspended without pay by the MBTA following the accident.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@karynregal) has more.

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