Commuter Train Slams Into Parked Train Car Near Philadelphia, 42 Hurt

Naeim Darzi
By Naeim Darzi
August 22, 2017USshare
Commuter Train Slams Into Parked Train Car Near Philadelphia, 42 Hurt

A commuter train slammed into a parked train car at a station near Philadelphia, injuring 42 passengers early on Tuesday, according to train officials.

The train hit the vacant parked car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, around 12:15 a.m. local time as it pulled into the station, Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), said on Tuesday.

“The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening for all passengers and the operator,” Redfern said. “It’s all under investigation at this point.” The train’s conductor was among the injured.

Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie told reporters that at least four people were being treated at area hospitals following the crash.

The National Transportation and Safety Board said on Twitter it had sent a team to assist in an investigation.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known but a local television station, WPVI, reported that speed apparently played a factor, citing a passenger, Raymond Woodard.

“I heard the train going real fast… like, super fast,” Woodard told the station. “And I looked up, and I saw that we’re at 69th Street and said, ‘Why are we going so fast?’ And then we just hit the train. Boom!”

In February, four people were injured when a train rear-ended another near the 69th Street Terminal. Eight people were killed and more than 180 injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia in 2015.


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