Metro
    Next Score View the next score

    Woman injured after becoming trapped between train and platform on Red Line

    Passengers wait for their train to depart after Redline subway service resumed following a shut down after a person became caught between the train and the platform at Central Square.
    Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe
    Passengers wait for their train to depart after Redline subway service resumed following a shut down after a person became caught between the train and the platform at Central Square.

    A woman got stuck beneath the skirt of a Red Line train Thursday morning at the Central Square station, prompting a delay in service as rescuers worked to extricate her.

    The woman, whose name and age weren’t immediately available, suffered minor injuries after somehow getting trapped around 7:18 a.m., said MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan. He said officials are investigating how the rider became trapped.

    She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, officials said.

    Advertisement

    While train service resumed just before 8 a.m., confusion initially took hold among riders and employees alike, with one conductor telling passengers on an inbound train stopped at the North Quincy station to prepare for the worst.

    Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
    Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” the Red Line conductor said over the public address system to bewildered passengers. “It’s going to be a couple hours.”

    Investigators measured off a location on the platform after Redline subway service was shut down after a person became caught between the train and the platform at Central Square.
    The Boston Globe
    Investigators measured off a location on the platform after Redline subway service was shut down after a person became caught between the train and the platform at Central Square.

    At 7:24 a.m. the MBTA issued an alert that shuttle buses would be replacing Red Line service in both directions between Harvard and Park Street.

    Cambridge fire officials tweeted around 7:45 a.m. that “the person has been extricated and will be transported to a medical facility. @CambridgeMAFire units are in the progress of clearing. Third rail power & control of the station has been returned to MBTA.”

    It wasn’t immediately clear how firefighters extricated the woman.

    Advertisement

    “We have a whole host of tools that was use for these incidents,” said Cambridge Fire Chief Gerard E. Mahoney said in a brief phone interview.

    The Fire Department also thanked all the first responders who rushed to the scene.

    “Thank you to @CambridgePolice and @MBTATransitPD as well as @ProEMSCambridge for their assistance in Central Square — public safety teamwork always at emergency incidents,” the Fire Department tweeted.

    Commuters boarded busses in Central Square after red line shut down after a passenger was caught between the train and the platform.
    Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe
    Commuters boarded busses in Central Square after red line shut down after a passenger was caught between the train and the platform.

    Steve Annear and Brian White of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.