T Workers to be Honored For Halting Runaway Train

TRANSITBOSTON (AP) — Two transit employees whose quick action is credited with bringing a driverless Red Line train to a safe stop will be honored at the Statehouse.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials on Monday will present citations to Mark McNeill and Ainsley “Lee” Saunders. Both work in the MBTA’s operations control center.

The driverless train carrying about 50 passengers left the Braintree station Thursday morning and rumbled through several stations. It was brought to a halt when power was gradually cut to the electrified third rail. The transit workers first had to make sure that other trains were safely out of the way.

The operator of the runaway train faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday. Baker said Friday the driver appeared to violate several safety procedures.

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