Another serious train crash in the Philadelphia area has again raised questions about the safety of America’s railroads. A high-speed train crashed into an empty train in the city early this morning.
The train wreck left dozens injured, at least four of them seriously, reported USA Today. None of the injuries were life-threatening. My thoughts are with those who were hurt.
According to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the accident occurred at 12:15 a.m.
An inbound Norristown High-Speed Line train crashed into an empty train stopped on the tracks at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, injuring 42 people.
SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said in the report none of those hurt sustained life-threatening injuries. The train driver was treated at a local hospital and later released, she said.
However, Nicholas Micozzie, the Upper Darby Mayor, said four of the people who were hurt sustained serious injuries. He told a news conference the conductor was among the injured.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Norristown trains continued to operate as normal, but the operator suspended express train services in the wake of the crash.
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USA Today noted this was the second serious crash at the terminal this year. In February, four people were hurt near the 69th Street Terminal in a wreck involving three out-of-service commuter trains.
SEPTA said a train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around before getting back in service. In that accident, cars derailed and struck a third train on nearby tracks.
A more serious crash took place in the Philadelphia area in May 2015 when eight people were killed and more than 200 injured when an Amtrak service derailed at high speed.
Amtrak settled lawsuits brought after the crash for $265 million last year.
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