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Hard work overnight by MBTA crews following the crash of a vehicle into a Red Line train preserved this morning's commute.

At 12:32 this morning, Transit Police along with Boston and Cambridge Fire and EMS, responded to the Longfellow Bridge on the Cambridge side where a motor vehicle that had struck Red Line Train #1811, which was traveling adjacent to motor vehicle traffic over the bridge on a partitioned right of way.

The van crashed through the metal fenced partition and struck the last two cars of the Red Line Train. Approximately 50 passengers from the train were evacuated to Charles/MGH Station. There were no reported injuries. The van operator was placed under arrest.

There was structural damage to the train and the partition. But thanks to MBTA crews that worked overnight on a frigid, wind-swept bridge, Red Line service was restored in time for the start of service at 5 a.m.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan praised the work of the authorities and MBTA crew, telling the Boston Globe, “I’m thankful that no one was hurt, I’m thankful that it didn’t result in any more damage than is apparent, and I’m thankful for the great work of the MBTA overnight crew to get service moving first thing this morning.”

Read the Globe story.

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