BC hockey players charged in crash with train
BOSTON -- A group of teenagers, including three Boston College hockey players, are facing charges after allegedly crashing their SUV into a Green Line train on Saturday night.
The MBTA said the SUV turned in front of the trolley on Commonwealth Avenue at around midnight.
MBTA officials said that after the crash, the “T” operator told police that some of the individuals from the SUV picked up what appeared to be alcoholic beverages, and took off.
"I just noticed somebody bolt out of the car, then jump back in and the car just drove down the street, but I'm not sure how many people were in the car. I'm not sure exactly what happened after that," said Katherine Kellett, a witness.
Police said the SUV included an 18-year-old along with six Boston College students, including three freshmen Boston College hockey players: Patrick Wey, Philip Samuelson, and Parker Milner.
MBTA officials said the SUV's driver remains in the hospital, while three passengers were treated and released and the three others who took off from the scene went to St. Elizabeth's Hospital on their own for treatment.
Boston College Athletics spokesman Christopher Cameron released a statement that said while they are cooperating with “T” officials, they also noted they “received a copy of the MBTA police report, which indicates the driver of the vehicle was not drinking at the time of the accident.”
Families in the Brighton neighborhood say they hear the trains’ horns constantly, but they didn’t know this time there was an accident outside their doors.
“You do see at the intersection…people try cut across try make left hand turn and try to play a game of chicken with the trains,” said John Ellis.
MBTA officials said they would seek restitution for the damage to the train and for the costs of running buses while the train was out of service.
While the teens have been charged, the students could also face campus sanctions.
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