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Report: Operator says he tried to stop train before crash

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 19, 2017 3:42 PM
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In this photo released via Twitter by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigator Rick Downs takes measurements at scene of a commuter rail accident Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Upper Darby, Pa. An inbound train crashed into the rear of the parked train, pictured, at the suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)


(Harrisburg) -- Investigators say the operator of a one-car commuter train that crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal last month says he tried to stop the train but was unable to do so.

The National Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report released Tuesday that the operator had reported slippery rail conditions that caused his Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train to miss an earlier station.

The Norristown High Speed train crashed into the unoccupied train car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby on Aug. 22, sending the operator and 42 passengers to hospitals.

The operator slid past the platform at the Gulph Mills station 17 stations away from the terminal and reported slippery rails, but SEPTA officials said no other such reports were received.

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