Tim Shannon says he'd just gotten off the Red Line at Savin Hill last night when he heard a cracking sound. And then, a 2 to 2 1/2-foot long metal slab, the bottom of one of the staircases leading up to the exit crashed at his feet.
Shannon, who commutes on the Red Line to his job in Harvard Square, said today that's not even the staircase he'd been worrying about - it was the other one that now wobbles as you get to the very bottom, and has been doing so for a few weeks now.
Shannon said he feels really lucky: He'd paused a moment to put in his ear buds so he could listen to music on his five-minute walk home from the station.
Last month, a man died falling through a set of stairs next to the JFK/UMass station that were supposed to have been fixed a year ago, but weren't. The MBTA says the stairs belonged to DCR - which finally sent in a crew to completely remove the stairs a few days after the death.
A little hard to see, but here is the bottom of the stairs, where the metal and debris came from:
Meanwhile, at Hynes on the Green Line: