MBTA employee killed in accident at Charlestown bus yard identified

Bernadin Etienne, 62, worked for the agency for 18 years.

The MBTA employee killed during an accident at the Charlestown bus yard Monday morning has been identified.

Bernadin Etienne, 62, who had worked for the agency for 18 years, was headed to his bus to begin work when he was struck died from his injuries, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak told the Fiscal and Management Control Board during a Monday meeting.

Poftak said Etienne was “obviously someone who was well liked by his colleagues and performed admirably in his duties here at the T.”

“I have had the opportunity to speak with several members of his family and convey on behalf of the entire organization — and obviously on behalf of the board — our deep regret at his tragic passing and also to encourage them, to the extent that they’re comfortable, if and when there will be any type of memorial service or remembrance, we would obviously like to ensure that his colleagues have the opportunity to remember him,” Poftak said, calling it a “tragic, tragic day” for the MBTA.


Poftak said MBTA Transit and Boston police were continuing to investigate what happened and are looking at if there are any ways to make the area more safe.

Poftak had confirmed the news of Etienne’s death earlier Monday during a press conference. 

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