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Parody Twitter account makes light of Red Line ‘ghost train’

As authorities investigate an MBTA Red Line train that rolled through four station stops Thursday morning without an operator, some Twitter users are making light of the incident, even giving it a digital personality with a parody Twitter account.

Law enforcement officials are taking the issue — which injured a T employee — very seriously. But others are treating the unusual turn of events as fodder for jokes.

The account, @ghosttrainred , goes by the name “Red Line Ghost Train” and began tweeting at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The tweets make jokes about the train’s efforts to be on time and the MBTA’s ability to not pay a pension for the “ghost train,” as many Twitter users have begun calling it.


“Hey @google, you hiring? #selfdrivingtrain #redline #ghosttrain,” the parody account wrote in one tweet.

Another tweet, apparently in the imagined voice of the train, said, “Hey! Who shut my power off?!!! #redline #ghosttrain @MBTA”

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.