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Medical Emergency at Harvard? [Feb. 20th, 2007|11:39 pm]
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So, around 8:20pm, I went to Porter and waited for a southbound train into Boston.
And waited.
And then an announcement came on the loudspeakers saying there was a "medical emergency" at Harvard and it was delaying trains from Alewife to Park in both directions. Great.
So I waited some more, and another announcement came on saying that there were going to be shuttles between Alewife and Harvard. Oh, goody, because you know, I can't get enough of that up escalator at Porter.

So I get up to the surface along with everyone else and there's lots of shuttle buses going to Alewife. But Harvard and points south? Not so much. Some people took the 77 bus, but then one of the drivers said it wasn't a shuttle and was making people pay again.

T personnel? Well, there was one guy, and he was on the other side of the street, the side with all the shuttles to Alewife.

I gave up, and took a cab to Central Square. There were quite a few flashing lights, Transit Police, and an interesting unmarked van around the Harvard station...but no ambulances. Interesting.

I got out of the taxi at the upper end of Central, and went down through the gate...just as a train was pullng up inbound. I got to Broadway Station just over an hour later than I should have...

I am, however, insanely curious about what that "medical emergency" was...the MBTA website was less than helpful, which is to say it was about as helpful as I expected it to be.

[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-02-21 03:39 pm (UTC)
maybe a suicide -- see this discussion.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-02-22 12:31 am (UTC)
That's totally what I suspected...but it seemed odd to me, too, that they'd have the trains running at Harvard and not Central...
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[User Picture]From: xjustquietx
2007-02-21 04:43 pm (UTC)
I hit the same traffic. I waited in Davis from around 8:00 until 8:30ish when I heard someone saying there was a medical emergency and the trains wouldn't be running "for at least another hour." I took the 77 to Harvard, which dropped us off in the station. There probably weren't any shuttles because they were running trains inbound from Harvard, which I took to Central.

The medical emergency was either a suicide or "someone got hit on the head by a train." I haven't gotten any real confirmation, but when I was in Harvard Station there was definitely something going on with the outbound train. I could go into detail about what I saw, but maybe that is all you need to hear... at any rate, the T can't do anything to stop people from jumping. I don't expect them to run perfectly after such a thing.

I agree the MBTA was terrible about alerting people, including the bus driver of the 77 I took. You would think they would have better plans about these situations. Maybe the ice mucked things up. Maybe there's not a lot of personnel at 8 PM on Tuesday nights (after half an hour of waiting there were only 15 passengers in Davis, for instance). Who knows. Stuff happens.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-02-22 12:27 am (UTC)
The 77 drivers were telling people they weren't the shuttle, and people who had already paid to board at Porter were being told to pay again...and it was unclear at the time if Harvard was open.
I know they can't stop people from jumping (if that's what happened), but they can be a helluva lot better about getting people where they need to go. What should be a 20 minute trainride turned into an hour and a half ordeal.
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[User Picture]From: madfilkentist
2007-02-21 06:28 pm (UTC)
There was a news story that someone attempted to jump in front of the tracks at Harvard station. The timing is about right.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-02-22 12:32 am (UTC)
I finally found something on Boston.com this morning...
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[User Picture]From: strangeanimal
2007-02-22 12:11 am (UTC)
"Medical Emergency" is usually subway shorthand for a jumper.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-02-22 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know...see the new post (how much do I hate not being able to post during the day?
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