A woman in Boston jumped off a bridge to escape a flaming train on Thursday (Picture: Facebook)
As hundreds of commuters were evacuated when a train that caught fire crossing a bridge, one panicked passenger went so far as leaping out a window into a river to safety.
The fire ignited on Metro Boston Transit Authority’s Orange Line running from Oak Grove, Massachusetts, to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The blaze started around 6.45 am as the train crossed the bridge over the Mystic River.
Most of the 200 passengers were evacuated from the train by foot after power was cut to the third rail, said MBTA general manager Steve Poftak.
But some passengers were forced to remove windows to escape from smoke-filled cars closer to the fire.
The Orange Line train is seen catching fire on the bridge over the Mystic River (Picture: Twitter)
‘There was a gentleman frantically trying to open the emergency exit. But the door would not open,’ Jennifer Thomson-Sullivan told the Boston Globe. ‘From that point on, people started throwing themselves out the window.’
Poftak said four windows in total were smashed by panicked commuters.
‘They didn’t stop to consider the third rail or what if another train was coming in the other direction,’ said Thomson-Sullivan. ‘People just went for it.’
Only one passenger jumped into the river – an unidentified woman who refused help from first responders.
Passengers in the Orange Line train panicked during the fire incident (Picture: Facebook)
‘An unidentified female passenger jumped off the bridge into the river,’ Somerville Fire Chief Charles Breen told the Boston Globe.
‘Our marine boat happened to be in the river for training and was on scene immediately. The woman refused to get into the boat. She was provided a life jacket and proceeded to swim to shore… then she walked away.’
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called the incident a ‘colossal failure’.
‘Today we all get an F. Let’s face it,’ he told WHDH. ‘Incidents like this are horrifying and unacceptable and do tremendous damage to the work that the T does generally all the time.’
Passengers are evacuated on the bridge over the Mystic River (Picture: Facebook
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