Five people were treated for smoke inhalation after an Orange Line train’s motor overheated during Wednesday evening’s commute at Back Bay Station, causing riders to panic and break windows to escape, officials and witnesses said.
Chris Herring said he was entering the station when he saw people trying to flee the area.
The MBTA says the train was about to depart the station when smoke became visible to the riders onboard.
Officials say the doors of the train remained closed because the train was moving away from the platform.
Passengers described a chaotic scene with some kicking out the windows of the train to escape.
Firefighters evacuated the station.
Officials say five passengers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and three were taken to a hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
Herring said he then heard a popping sound, and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers asked everyone to evacuate.
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