Ed Driscoll


“A SAFE CREW ON TIME”. That’s what it says on the sides of the Amtrak AEM-7 electric locomotives that run up and down the Northeast Corridor, but this crew took the “on time” part just a little too far:

A man suffered a heart attack on an Amtrak-run commuter train and had to wait about 20 minutes for medical attention while the train made its regular stops. After being alerted to the emergency, the train’s crew radioed ahead for an ambulance to meet them at Back Bay station, but continued to make stops before reaching that station. “What I want to know is, what the hell were they thinking?” asks a Massachusetts transportation official. “Somebody’s potentially having a heart attack, and they’re conducting business as usual?” The stricken man died in the emergency room at Boston Medical Center.