(BOSTON) — ABC News has learned that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials are investigating a report of tampering involving a safety device after a Boston transit inbound Red Line train departed the Braintree Station without an operator at approximately 6:08 a.m.
According to MBTA officials, the train proceeded north past the North Quincy Station where MBTA operations personnel de-powered the third rail. The train finally came to a complete stop.
No passengers were injured during the incident.
Transit officials boarded the train and operated it to the JFK/UMass Station stop where passengers were able to exit the train.
MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola said the “highly troubling incident is under investigation by Transit Police detectives.”
Elizabeth Guyton, press secretary for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, said the governor “is grateful no passengers were injured in this troubling incident and will be monitoring the investigation closely.”
The train has been taken out of service and is under examination.
Regular service has resumed with only minor delays.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston office said, “The FBI is aware of the incident, we have been in contact with MBTA Transit Police.”
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