Texting Driver Causes Boston Subway Crash

Collision in tunnel injures 49, including tech-addled conductor
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2009 12:30 PM CDT
Emergency personnel work outside the Government Center MBTA station in Boston, Friday, May 8, 2009. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority general manager Dan Grabauskas says the collision occurred...   (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
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(Newser) – A subway conductor distracted by the text message he was sending his girlfriend caused a collision in a tunnel beneath downtown Boston last night, the Globe reports. One two-car Green Line trolley rear-ended another at the Government Center station, injuring 49. The victims included the 24-year-old texting driver, who will likely be fired and may face criminal charges, according to his boss.

"We let our employees know there is a zero-tolerance policy for any type of electronic device," said the head of the local transit authority, known as the T. "It's difficult for me to contain my outrage."