Dozens hurt as commuter train hits another in Philly terminal

Aug. 22 (UPI) — An incoming train struck a parked and unoccupied train early Tuesday at a terminal in Upper Darby, Pa., injuring at least 42 people, officials said.

The Norristown High Speed Line train arrived at the 69th Street Transportation Center, a busy terminal in the Philadelphia area’s SEPTA commuter system, shortly after midnight and plowed into the empty train that was essentially parked there, WCAU-TV reported.

Most of the injured were sent to eight area hospitals, and at least four are listed in critical condition.

The train’s conductor was among those injured, Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said.

A passenger, identified only as Ronnie, told WCAU-TV, “I stood up to get off, to get ready to get to my bus on time — and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked. My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out.

“There was blood everywhere. The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad.”

SEPTA officials did not confirm that the train was having braking or other issues.

Ronnie said at two stops prior to the crash, the Norristown train traveled through the stations and stopped — and reversed to pick up passengers.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said the crash is under investigation.


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