BOSTON (AP) – The most seriously injured passenger in this week’s MBTA crash in Newton has gotten a chance to thank the young stranger who risked his life to help her.

Thirty-seven-year-old Min Perry met Ben Papapietro in her hospital room at Boston Medical Center on Friday.

She held his hand and thanked him for staying with her while she was pinned in the wreckage of a trolley that slammed into the back of another train Wednesday, killing one.

The 19-year-old Papapietro heard Perry’s screams and came to her aid.

As the mangled trolley car filled with smoke and other passengers fled, Papapietro stayed with Perry, telling her she would be fine and giving her a shirt to breathe into.

Papapietro also called 911 on his cell phone to seek help. He stayed until she was extricated and flown by helicopter to the hospital.

AP-ES-05-30-08 1800EDT


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