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Woman is injured after nearly being struck by Red Line train

A woman suffered minor injuries after nearly being struck by a Red Line train early Saturday afternoon at South Station, which temporarily halted service, MBTA officials said.

She became trapped underneath the train around 12:15 p.m., but after the power was shut down, a rescue team was able to crawl underneath and free her, said Boston fire spokesman Brian Alkins. The woman, about 50 years old, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan

Shuttle buses briefly replaced the Red Line service from the JFK/UMass Station to the Park Street Station, the MBTA said in a tweet. Both inbound and outbound services were affected, but regular service resumed around 1:15 p.m., the MBTA said.

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The MBTA initially tweeted that the victim was struck by a Red Line train, but MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo later said the train did not make contact with the her.

“It’s unclear at this time why she was on the tracks,” Pesaturo said.

No further information about the victim was immediately available. The incident is under investigation.


Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.