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    Red Line service restored after train strikes construction materials

    Twitter via @johnmcboston
    Workers converged on a broken down Red Line train.

    A piece of fencing blew onto Red Line tracks and struck a train near the Charles/MGH station Tuesday morning, prompting hours of delays as crews worked to restore service.

    “A Red Line train was taken out of service after making contact with some construction-related materials that had drifted onto the right-of-way,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. “No injuries.”

    The debris, “[a] piece of mesh-style fencing,” had been blown into the path of a train by “wind gusts” Tuesday morning and was cleared from the tracks by 12:15 p.m., Pesaturo said. The train involved in the collision was moved to a Red Line maintenance facility in South Boston.


    Shuttle buses temporarily replaced subway service between Harvard and Broadway stations following the incident Tuesday morning. Northbound and southbound Red Line service was restored shortly after 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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    A video posted on Twitter showed smoke billowing from a stopped train at Charles/MGH as passengers on the opposite platform looked on, around 10:47 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ben Thompson can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson.