Orange Line Evacuated, Leaving Service at Standstill

Panicked Orange Line riders fled smoky Back Bay Station through train windows during Wednesday’s commute home.

Service was suspended between Jackson Square and Haymarket. Shuttle buses are being deployed between Jackson and Copley.

Initial reports were that a train engine overheated. Five people were treated for smoke inhalation, the Boston Globe reports, and the commute came to a standstill for some:

Around 6 p.m., confusion continued to reign among some commuters, who entered the station only to find the Orange Line inaccessible.

“Now, a whole bunch of people are confused,” Meredith Westfall, 53, of Jamaica Plain said outside the station after learning she could not board the train.

The Boston Fire Department allowed Orange Line service to resume at 5:41 p.m. on the southbound side and 6:15 p.m. on the northbound side, the T said.