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Alewife riders asked to access trains at Russell Field

Riders will once again be able to board and disembark Red Line trains near the Alewife terminus starting Friday morning, while the lobby of the station itself will remain closed following a vehicle crash that caused extensive damage on Saturday.

The MBTA announced Thursday afternoon that Red Line trains will return to Alewife by making use of the Russell Field headhouse, which the agency said is a "two-minute walk" from the garage. Crews installed signage and lighting along a path to the headhouse, which travels through a tunnel underneath Alewife Brook Parkway.

It's not clear when the lobby of station itself will reopen. Repairs are ongoing to the lobby after a driver plowed a vehicle into the top floor of the garage, flinging a 10,000-pound cement barrier and other debris onto the station below.

MBTA Transit Police announced Thursday that they would seek to charge the unnamed driver for the crash, whose actions police allege were "intentional" and done with intent for self-harm.

Transit police said they would seek eight counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, alleging "the male driver's reckless and negligent actions caused numerous pedestrians/commuters to be struck with significant debris causing injury to one."

Authorities filed an immediate threat application with the Registry of Motor Vehicles trying to revoke the driver's license.

Levels G, 2, 3 and 4 of the garage are open to drivers, while the fifth level and lobby remain closed.



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