Update on Fatal MBTA Bus Accident in Charlestown

62 year old Bernardin Etienne an 18-year veteran employee of the MBTA has been identified as the victim in the Charlestown Bus Yard accident that occurred early Tuesday morning. MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said, “Obviously it’s a terrible tragedy… We will conduct a thorough investigation and make sure any safety issues are addressed.”

“This morning, the Boston Carmen’s Union lost a long-time member of our Union and MBTA family. This was a tragic accident, our condolences are with the family and friends of Bernadin Etienne during this difficult time. As always, the Union remains focused on supporting our members and Bernadin’s family. We will work with the MBTA to investigate the circumstances surrounding this accident, until that investigation is complete we will have no further comment. We ask that the public respect his family’s privacy.”

Jim Evers, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union

So far we know the following, at approximately 05:00 hours this morning Boston EMS Ambulance 15, Paramedic 1, Boston Fire, Transit Police and Boston Police Officers from District A-15 responded to the MBTA Bus Depot for the reports of a person struck by a bus.

While responding units were updated that the person was not breathing and had suffered major traumatic injuries. On arrival Ambulance 15 updated that the victim was in traumatic arrest.

The victim, who we know is an MBTA Employee, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where we can now confirm from the MBTA that he succumbed to his injuries.

Transit Police Crime Scene was called to the scene as well as full notifications being made by Boston Police. Currently on scene are multiple MBTA Officials, Boston Police Homicide Unit Detectives, Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit, and the Boston Police Fatal Crash Team.