Squishing Their Own

Usually when the MBTA flattens someone or something on the tracks, it’s the victim’s fault for walking or parking on the rails. But when the T squishes its own, who’s to blame? Was it the T or . . . the T?

Preliminary reports cast blame on the T, the T, and, surprisingly, also the T: the dispatch error that sent a Lowell train onto the track where a rail crew was working, the apparent failure of that rail crew to take an elementary safety precaution, and a lack of flag men due to budgetary reasons. (For those of you not from Boston, the MBTA farms out the commuter rail to the lowest bidder.)

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