MBTA: Fractured Axle Caused Red Line Derailment In June


THIS IS THE 17th AMERICAN TO BE KILLED IN COMBAT THIS YEAR. LAST WEEK YOU WILL REMEMBER THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND THE TALIBAN AND COLLAPSED. THE HOPE WITH THOSE TALKS WAS THAT U.S. TALKS WOULD BE ABLE TO TROOPS WOULD BE ABLE TO COME HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. THE MBTA SAID IT WAS A BROKEN AXLE THAT CAUSED A REDLINE TRAIN TO DERAIL BACK IN JUNE THAT DAMAGE THE SIGNAL SYSTEM AND CAUSED MONTHS OF DELAYS. Reporter: TODAY WE GOT A VERY TECHNICAL EXPLANATION BEHIND THE REDLINE TRAIN DERAILMENT, BUT BOTTOM LINE IS YOU SAID, INVESTIGATORS SAY WAS A BROKEN AXLE THAT CAUSE THE TRAIN TO DERAIL BUT THAT WAS CAUSED BECAUSE INSPECTORS OVERLOOKED ANOTHER DAMAGED PIECE. THERE WAS A WEAKENING OF THE AXLE, THE AXLE ULTIMATELY BROKE. Reporter: A BROKEN AXLE, THE REASON BETWEEN BEHIND THE JUNE MBTA TRAIN DERAILMENT THAT DISRUPTED THE COMMUTE FOR THOUSANDS AND TRIPLED THE COURT THE REDLINE FOR MONTHS. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE NEED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR FLEET AND THAT’S WHY WE DID THIS ROBUST INSPECTION AND IS ROBUST INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THIS FAILURE. Reporter: ON MONDAY THE GENERAL MANAGER ASKED DISPLAYED A PICTURE OF THE FRACTURED AXLE. THE RESULT HE EXPLAINED OF MONTHS FROM ELECTRICITY FROM THE THIRD RAIL HORSING IMPROPERLY THROUGH TWO PIECES OF TRAIN EQUIPMENT AND ARCING IN THE AXLE. WHAT CAUSE THE ELECTRICITY TO ARC TO BEGIN WITH. OFFICIALS AT ONE POINT THIS COVER WAS MISSING, DISRUPTING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE TWO PIECES AND CAUSING ALL THIS DAMAGE. EVEN THOUGH THE TRAIN WAS INSPECTED A MONTH BEFORE IT WENT OFF THE RAILS, NO ONE CAUGHT IT BECAUSE INSPECTORS WENT LOOKING AT THIS PIECE CALLED THE GROUND RAIN. THAT IS ON US, ON THE MBTA TO ENSURE WE ARE GIVING OUR TECHNICIANS THE RIGHT PROCEDURES THAT THEY SHOULD BE FOLLOWING TO DO A VERY PRECISE INSPECTION OF THE GROUND RINGS. Reporter: MOVING FORWARD THEY DID ULTRASONIC INSPECTIONS OF THE WHOLE REDLINE FLEET AND VOWS TO UP ITS ULTRASONIC INSPECTIONS FROM ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS TO ONCE A YEAR, WITH ANOTHER PROMISE THAT REDLINE SERVICE WILL FINALLY BE FULLY RESTORED BY MID OR LATE OCTOBER. IT WILL ABSOLUTELY BE BACK RUNNING FULL AUTOMATED MODE SO WHERE WE HAVE FULL SIGNALS CONTROL ACROSS THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. Reporter: THE PRESIDENT OF THE CARMEN’S UNION RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART THAT CUSTODY OPERATING BUDGET AND ELIMINATION OF JOBS RESULTED IN CUTS TO INSPECTIONS, INCLUDING ULTRASONIC

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