Operator of derailed Green Line trolley fired - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Operator of derailed Green Line trolley fired

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The operator of the Green Line trolley that derailed on Monday has been fired, sources told 7News on Friday.

MBTA investigators concluded that the derailment was the result of human error and that the 48-year-old driver, who had been on the job for five years, had been speeding.

"The motorperson failed to operate his trolley in compliance with speed and signal requirements. The MBTA's investigation had previously ruled out any problems with the trolley, tracks, switch, or signals," the MBTA said in a statement.

Sources are also saying that the MBTA has plans to change criteria for train operators and bus drivers.

Currently, a candidate is disqualified if he or she has had three or more moving violations in the same calendar year in the past three years, one or more DUI or DWI within the past five years or if they were found at fault in a fatal vehicle accident.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott says she has told staff she wants recommendations soon that can be implemented within a month. 

The operator's personal driving record includes 20 moving violations between 1984 and 2009. That operator was hired by the MBTA in 2008, one year before the agency was required to investigate an operator's driving records before hiring them.

Passengers onboard said after they hit the wall, a second trolley was right behind them, but it stopped short. Those passengers were unaware of what happened, but just knew everyone had to get off the T.

“They just said that you need to get off the train and the shuttle bus would come you and they would drive us to Kenmore and I don't know what else had happened,” one person said.

Ten people, including the driver, were taken the hospital, all with only minor injuries.

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