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Transit system warns of delays following minor derailment

December 27, 2019 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ transit agency is warning of delays Friday on one of its commuter lines because of a “slow speed” derailment.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said riders on the Framingham/Worcester rail line may experience delays up to 30 minutes during the morning commute and up to 20 minutes in the afternoon.

It’s urging riders to plan accordingly.

A train heading into Boston on the line derailed at about 4 p.m. Thursday near Landsdowne station, which serves the Fenway Park area.

The train had been traveling under 30 miles per hour and remained upright as it derailed and made contact with the ground.

Passengers had to exit the train and walk along the tracks in order to board another train, and train service was replaced by buses in places. No injuries were reported.

The MBTA says it expects the Framingham/Worcester line will return to its normal schedule by this weekend.

Keolis, the company that operates the commuter rail system, said the derailment appears to have been caused by a train operator’s error when switching lines.