Transit Police: Fight allegedly over seating on Orange Line results in victim being slashed with blade

MBTA Transit Police say a verbal fight over seating on an Orange Line train led to a teen being slashed and in need of medical attention.

Authorities said it happened as the train was approaching Back Bay Station on Tuesday afternoon. Transit Police Department Superintendent Richard Sullivan told 7NEWS the fight was verbal at first, and had been between two males, allegedly over one of them taking up more than one seat.

“The verbal altercation turned physical,” Sullivan said in a statement. “One of the participants produced either a knife or a box cutter and slashed the victim two times.”

Officials said the wounded teen needed medical attention after receiving some type of superficial wound to the shoulder/chest-area.

He was later taken to a hospital for treatment and was expected to be OK, but allegedly had not been cooperating with officers, according to police.

Sullivan said the suspect, as well as a female companion, fled the scene after the incident.

Both Transit police and officers with the Boston Police Department could be seen investigating the incident further around 4 p.m.