Adding to an already rough day for the MBTA and its passengers, a transmission problem at the Kendall Square T stop in Cambridge caused a massive power outage in the city that affected over 17,000 people, according to NStar. However, Twitter had a completely different side of the story.
A rumor started soon after the incident that the MBTA train hit a deer inside the tunnel at the Kendall Square station, and that was what caused the power outage. But officials on the scene couldn’t confirm that a deer was involved at all.
“We spoke to someone from the Red Line and no one said anything about a deer,” Cambridge police spokesman Dan Riviello told Wicked Local.
An MBTA spokesman didn’t take the rumors so seriously, saying “The Red Line is underground in Kendall Square.”
Translation: “Come on, use some common sense, people!”
Yes, the very idea of a deer even finding a way into the underground tunnel at Kendall Square is ridiculous, but it didn’t stop Twitter from whipping itself into a temporary frenzy. And of course, a parody Twitter account @MBTADeer popped up within hours and gained 200+ followers, eclipsing the following of the Brookline Bear Twitter account.
Hey! I'm walking here!—
MBTA Deer (@MBTADeer) November 29, 2012
Deer or not, the power outage occurred mere hours after two trains collided with each other at the Boylston Green Line stop, adding up to a terrible afternoon for the MBTA. Let’s just hope T drivers aren’t actively trying to ruin the holidays for us by killing Santa’s reindeer.