, Salem, MA

May 21, 2013

MBTA crash trial starts today


---- — SALEM — Opening arguments are scheduled for this morning in Lawrence Superior Court in the trial of a Salem woman injured in an MBTA subway crash four years ago.

Samantha Mattei, 23, filed a lawsuit against the MBTA and the T driver, Aiden Quinn, who admitted he was texting right before the May 8, 2009, crash in downtown Boston, which injured an estimated 50 riders.

The MBTA and Quinn have admitted responsibility. The trial will determine the extent of Mattei’s injuries and the monetary damages.

Both Mattei and Quinn are on the list of potential witnesses.

Lawyers selected the final four jurors yesterday, a process that took longer than expected.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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