Commuter Rail Delays on Newburyport/Rockport Line Persist After Derailment

MBTA officials say normal service is expected to resume on Monday.

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Delays continued Thursday morning on the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line following a train derailment Wednesday near Beverly, Massachusetts.



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MBTA officials say safety inspections found that Wednesday's derailment caused a damage to the switch. Two morning trains from Rockport and Beverly were canceled as a result of the issue.

According to the MBTA, all Newburyport Line trains will begin and end at North Beverly, and all Rockport trains will begin and end at Montserrat. Passengers will be accomodated by bus between Montserrat and Beverly, and between North Beverly and Beverly.

Crews are working to replace the switch, and Keolis officials say normal service is expected to resume on Monday.

MBTA officials described Wednesday's incident as a "low speed upright derailment" of the 3:07 p.m. train from Rockport. Shuttle busses are running up to North Beverly/Montserrat to bring passengers to a train connection, but riders should expect ongoing delays.

The MBTA has been plagued by safety problems and is currently the subject of a federal review.

Among the latest is a Green Line crash just last week. Sources tell the NBC10 investigators that in that crash, speed may have been a factor.

Other incidents include a crash last summer, when two trolleys on the B Branch of the Green Line collided on Commonwealth Avenue, injuring 27 people aboard, including four train operators. A subsequent NTSB investigation found one train was going triple the speed limit. The trolley operator, Owen Turner, was charged with negligence last fall.

In January, former Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins launched a criminal probe into MBTA safety issues in response to that trolley crash.

The T also faced other safety incidents in September of last year. A Red Line train with nearly 50 people on board derailed and hit a platform at the Broadway Station. Also in that same month, nine people were hurt after an escalator malfunction at the Back Bay Station.

More recently, Robinson Lalin, 39, of Dorchester, died after getting his arm stuck because of a door malfunction on the Red Line.

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