Boston rail workers honored for safely stopping driverless runaway commuter train

AP

Two Massachusetts transit employees whose quick action is credited with bringing a driverless train to a safe stop have been honored at a Statehouse ceremony.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday presented citations to Mark McNeill and Ainsley “Lee” Saunders. Both work in the operations control center for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The driverless Red Line train was carrying about 50 passengers when it left the Braintree station Thursday morning and rumbled through several stops. It was brought to a halt when power was gradually cut. 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 Monday. Baker said Friday the driver appeared to violate several safety procedures.