18 people suffered minor injuries after an operator misjudged the stopping distance and hit a metal bumper, according to Boston.com. A thorough investigation needs to be conducted on the mental state of the operator and if we he was distracted.
There's a history of rail operators being distracted while conducting a train so it wouldn't be surprising.
"It just stopped short as it was coming in very slowly into the station," said Sam Wood, a passenger on the train. "It hit hard, it stopped suddenly. A bunch of people went flying."
Here's a video describing the commuter rail accident...
At total of 13 people were taken to hospitals, including nine passengers who were carried from the scene on backboards. Five of the injured people refused medical treatment.
Fortunately, the accident didn't lead to any deaths unlike the tragic D.C. Metro train accident which killed nine people and injured over 60. As an injury lawyer who's represented people seriously hurt in railroad accidents, I understand the devastation these types of accidents can have on people.
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