7 Hurt in SEPTA Trolley-CSX Train Collision

A Thursday collision between a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trolley and a CSX train left seven injured, including one passenger who was critically injured.

The accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. at 6th and Main streets in the borough of Darby where the trolley line crosses CSX tracks at grade.

Trolley car 9070 had 20 aboard and was operating on Route 11 from the Darby Transportation Center to the 13th Street Trolley station in Center City Philadelphia.

Among the injured was the trolley car operator. Six other passengers who were injured were treated at nearby hospitals and released.

“I heard a loud crash and then sirens coming from every direction,” passenger Sharonda Pinkney told WPVI-TV.

A video on the station’s website showed the trolley car nose stopped just short of well cars containing containers. The trolley did not appear to sustain significant damage.

Witnesses said the trolley operator saw warning lights while approaching the CSX crossing at grade and stopped just short of the tracks before the gates came down.

One of the gates was resting upon the trolley, a WPVI helicopter operator said.

A report on the website of the Philadelphia Inquirer showed the impact occurred at the front door opposite of the operator’s seat.

A photograph showed damage to that area of the car, including a cracked front windshield.

Uninjured passengers were put aboard shuttle buses to continue their trip and SEPTA said service on other routes was affected by the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collision.

In a statement, CSX said there were no injuries to its crew members and that no leaks or spills were reported.

To view a photograph of the damaged trolley car visit https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/septa-trolly-crash-delco-darby-pa-philadelphia-20211209.html

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