VIDEO: Woman almost hit by falling ceiling panel at Boston Subway Station

A Boston commuter was almost hit with a 25-pound piece of ceiling panel at the Harvard Square T stop, video shows. The MBTA is inspecting the premises.

On Wednesday, a Boston commuter was nearly hit by a 25-pound ceiling panel as he walked through a subway stop.

VIdeo shows the woman moving towards the Harvard Square station’s stairs. Just before she reached the stairs, a chunk of ceiling fell down and unleashed a cloud full of black dust.

The woman looked visibly shocked and stood for a while before moving around the debris.

A rider said FOX25 Boston, “It’s definitely not great to watch it.” “Definitely concerning.”


MBTA passengers board a train at Harvard Square on Monday, January 28, 2008 (Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), took to Twitter to describe the near-disaster. The insulation in the soundproofing ceiling panel had begun to corrode from water accumulation.

It also corroded the metal rivets that hold it in place. They were installed originally in 1978, and last checked in 2021.

The station’s design made it difficult to spot the problem area during the 2021 inspection.

FOX 25 Boston Interim General Manager Jeff Gonneville stated that it is difficult to see the area from a height.


Commuters walk past the MBTA’s brand-new digital advertising, and information screens at Harvard Square T Station on Thursday 31 January 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Crews are now removing all non-structural panels in order to fully investigate the ceiling.

“We quickly closed off the area while engineers inspected the panels & removed any that posed an imminent safety concern,” the MBTA tweeted. “We are incredibly grateful that no one was hurt.”

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