College student sues MBTA for 2009 trolley crash

A Merrimack College student was on a Boston Green Line trolley two years ago to celebrate finishing her freshman year of college. The celebrations were cut short during a mass transit accident that happened when her trolley slammed into another trolley, injuring 68 people. The student’s back was broken and she suffered nerve damage, a serious concussion, and cuts to her face, The Boston Globe reports.

The student has filed a personal injury lawsuit with a personal injury law firm against the MBTA and the trolley operator, who is believed to have been texting at the time of the accident. The student claims that she suffers from vertigo, nausea, and constant headaches which impair her ability to concentrate on her studies. The student now risks losing her scholarship and requires a cane to walk around campus.

“I was injured as a result of something that was perfectly preventable,” the student told The Boston Globe. “As a result of negligence, I was personally affected in a way that has cost me money, time, and many parts of my life. I would like to see things change for the better. No one else has to be a victim like this.”

Prosecutors allege that the trolley operator was composing a text to his girlfriend at the time of the accident. The operator was texting while accelerating the trolley along a subway track. He ran a yellow light and two red lights before hitting a stopped trolley with its brake lights on.

The crash caused approximately $10 million in property damage and potentially permanent damage to at least one college student’s life. The student seeks damages for medical bills and lost wages, as well as damages for pain and suffering. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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