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Truck driver due in court for MBTA RIDE crash in Saugus

A 28-year-old pickup truck driver allegedly struck an MBTA RIDE van in Saugus on Monday morning, injuring the driver and two passengers.

The scene of Monday's RIDE crash in Saugus. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro The scene of Monday's RIDE crash in Saugus. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

The driver of an MBTA shuttle van and two passengers were hurt Monday morning when the vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck in Saugus.

The RIDE was struck near the intersection of Walnut Street and Birchwood Avenue around 9:40 a.m., causing it to land on its side. An MBTA officials said the unnamed pickup truck driver, a 28-year-old man, was summonsed to Lynn District Court for the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The driver of the van and a passenger were treated at the scene, while a second passenger was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. There were only the two passengers in the van at the time of the crash.

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It was not clear what caused the driver to rear end the shuttle, though Transit Police said they did not believe alcohol, drugs, or texting played a role in the crash. The RIDE is part of the T's paratransit system, which offers transportation to elderly and disabled riders.

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