Injured passenger thanks 'hero'; crash probe continues in Boston accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The most seriously injured passenger in a suburban Boston trolley crash has gotten the chance to thank the teen who risked his life to help her.

The 37-year-old woman, Min Perry, was pinned in the wreckage of Wednesday's fatal crash, after a commuter trolley slammed into the back of another train. As the mangled car filled with smoke and other passengers fled, 19-year-old Ben Papapietro heard the woman's screams. He stayed at her side, telling her she would be fine and giving her a shirt to breathe into.

The teen--an intern for the Boston Red Sox--also called 911 on his cell phone and stayed with her until she was extricated and flown to a hospital. The two met again yesterday at Boston Medical Center, where the woman is recovering from leg injuries.

Federal officials say the commuter train was going nearly 30 mph faster than it should have when it crashed into another train in Massachusetts.

Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday that a red signal required trolley operator Terrese Edmonds to stop for 60 seconds at the Waban station before proceeding at no more than 10 mph.

However, Higgins says Edmonds' trolley was going 37 to 38 mph when it struck the other train.

Edmonds was killed in the crash Wednesday at Newton, Mass. About a dozen passengers were injured.

Higgins says the board is investigating reports that Edmonds was talking on a cell phone.

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