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Operator goes to court starting today – NBC Boston

The MBTA trolley driver who was at the controls in a serious accident in 2021 is due to appear in court on Tuesday when a trial begins.

Owen Turner, who is accused of causing the Green Line trolley crash in July 2021, faces charges of negligence. The Commonwealth Avenue accident injured 27 people, including four MBTA employees. It happened at 6 p.m. when the trains were filled with dozens of riders.

Investigators said the 51-year-old had a long history of violating the MBTA. On the day of the crash, investigators claimed that Turner was exceeding three times the speed limit on the B Line platforms when he crashed into the car in front of him.

NBC10 investigator Ryan Kath was the first to report that speed was a major factor in last week’s crash.

In a federal report, investigators found that Turner had been suspended at least six times during his seven years on the job, and four of those violations involved speeding. Turner, meanwhile, told investigators he passed out and may have fallen asleep.

The trial is due to start at Brighton District Court on Tuesday morning.

Suffolk District Attorneys expected a quick jury selection, so it is possible Tuesday’s opening speech will be heard.

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