MBTA worker killed in Charlestown accident

A veteran MBTA employee was struck by a vehicle while reporting to his bus for a shift around 6 a.m. Monday and died from his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

T officials identified the employee killed in the accident at the Charlestown Bus Yard as Bernadin Etienne, an 18-year veteran of the transit agency.
Steve Poftak, general manager of the MBTA, did not speak in detail about how Etienne was struck, saying that MBTA Transit Police and Boston police are investigating the circumstances of the accident as well as “what, if any, mitigations can be put in place” to address potential safety concerns.

“Today, we just take a moment to remember Bernadin, an 18-year employee of the MBTA and someone who was well liked by his colleagues and performed admirably at his duties,” Poftak said at an afternoon board meeting.

In a joint letter to staff, Poftak and Boston Carmen’s Union President Jim Evers said that safety is “a top priority at the MBTA” and reiterated that a “thorough investigation” was underway.

Poftak and Evers told the agency’s staff that grief counseling is available to anyone who needs it through the T’s Employee Assistance Program.
“It is hard when we lose one of our own,” they wrote.