Boston train pulled from service after rider licks car amid coronavirus outbreak

An entire train in greater Boston’s public transit system was pulled from service because a rider licked a car amid the coronavirus pandemic, transit officials said.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority took a southbound Orange Line train out of service early Friday in an “abundance of caution” after a passenger spotted someone allegedly licking a train at Tufts Medical Center Station in Boston, spokeswoman Lisa Battiston said.

“Transit Police were notified of the alleged incident,” Battiston wrote in an email.

The disturbing report comes after Tufts Medical Center revealed that as of Thursday afternoon, 52 employees had tested positive for COVID-19, according to CNN.

Battiston did not immediately respond to a message seeking additional comment, including details on the alleged unsanitary suspect and how many passengers were on the train at the time of the incident.

A man was responsible for the alleged licking, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the Boston Herald while declining to specify which part of the train he targeted.

As of Friday, 2,417 people in Massachusetts had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 25 deaths statewide have been tallied, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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