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.

 

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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