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Passenger: Pa. train moving 'super-fast' before crash injures 42

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 22, 2017 6:43 AM
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The 69th St. terminal is scheduled to operate on a normal schedule Tuesday after the early morning crash that injured dozens. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

(Upper Darby) -- A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a Delaware County terminal early this morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said.  

Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries. "Some were considered walking wounded," she said.

An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Redfern said hours later that the train operator had been treated at a hospital and released.

A passenger, Raymond Woodard, told WPVI-TV, that he was riding home from work when the train crashed.

"I heard the train going real fast ... like, super-fast," Woodard said. "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! I fell out of my chair, glass from the window shattered, I hit my head. Everybody was on the floor."

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating as well as the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Redfern said Norristown trains resumed normal operation but no express trains were running. She said commuters could expect some delays.

In an earlier news briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said the injured were taken to local hospitals.

One passenger told reporters that the operator of the train was "all banged up" and the scene was bloody.

In February, four people were injured in a crash near the 69th Street Terminal involving three out-of-service commuter trains. At the time, SEPTA said one train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around to get back into service. Cars from that accident derailed and hit a third train on nearby tracks.

*Below is an earlier version of this story*

(Upper Darby) -- All 42 people on board were injured when a train crashed into another train that was parked at a station in Delaware County.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. this morning.

An inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern.

SEPTA said 42 people aboard the train were injured.

In an early morning news briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said at least four people suffered serious injuries. The victims were taken to area hospitals.

"The conductor is in the hospital right now, I can't release his condition," Micozzie said.

One passenger told reporters at the scene that the operator of the train was "all banged up." The passenger said "there was blood everywhere."

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

SEPTA said there likely would be service disruptions for the Tuesday morning commute.

In February, four people were injured in a crash near the 69th Street Terminal involving three out-of-service commuter trains. At the time, SEPTA said one train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around to get back into service. Cars from that accident derailed and hit a third train on nearby tracks.

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