Worcester/Framingham Line Delays After Derailment Thursday

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(Photo: Mario Jarjour/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — MBTA delays and cancelled commuter trains were reported Friday morning, in part, because of the residual impact of repairs to the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line after a “low speed upright derailment” near Lansdowne station in Boston Thursday afternoon. Unrelated mechanical issues also contributed to woes on the line Friday.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak tells WBZ Newsradio they are hopeful that the Friday afternoon will be more orderly than the morning rush. "We have been able to reopen two-track service to and from Worcester after repairs were made last night," he said, "but we are asking passenger to pay attention to MBTA.com and our social media feeds for information on specific trains."

MBTA and Keolis are investigating the initial derailment calling it an "isolated incident caused by human error, specifically the improper alignment of a switch.”

No riders were on board the train car that derailed and no one was hurt. Passengers were asked to seek alternative transportation to avoid the major delays Thursday.

Delays Friday morning were reportedly at least 20 to 30 minutes.

"There are some cross-over switches that will need to be repaired so that they are automatic. They are currently locked in place," said Poftak. "We will be making permanent repairs over the weekend as well."

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