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PHOTOS: Runaway Red Line train report shows cable wrapped around throttle

A report released Tuesday finds driver was at fault, calls for safety updates.
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    Another angle of the manipuated throttle, as recreated by the DPU in its report re|DPU

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    Photo of the in-cab handbrake inside the Red Line train.

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    The emergency bypass switch outside the Red Line train, which its operator had to |DPU

The state has released a report into the December case of the runaway Red Line train that gripped the city late last year.

The account of the infamous incident, released on the afternoon ofSuper Tuesday,finds that the operator of the train, David Vazquez, "violated a number of critical MBTA safety rules, which leadto the unattended train event," according to a cover letter signed by Scott Andrews, from thestateDepartment of Public Utilities' transportation oversight division.

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The report also contains recreations in photos of how Vazquezmanipulated his hand controls that morning, tying a microphone cable around it to keep it in the drive position.

He is no longer an MBTA employee.

Included in the analysis are steps the review found the MBTA should take to prevent the runaway train incident from happening again. Suggestions include installing cameras in train cabs, and moving the "emergency bypass" switch from the outside to the inside of trains.

 

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