The Latest: Train operator agrees to alcohol, drug tests
Aug. 22, 2017
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia (all times local):
Federal investigators say the operator of a transit train that crashed into the rear of a parked train near Philadelphia has provided samples for drug and alcohol testing.
Lead investigator Ruben Payan of the National Transportation Safety Board also says the agency plans to interview the operator Wednesday.
A single-car transit train smashed into the back of an unoccupied car at a terminal in Upper Darby shortly after midnight Tuesday.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority had put the number of injured at 42. But the NTSB says the number of injured was actually 32 passengers and the train operator.
Payan says the floors of both cars buckled, but they did not appear to have much damage overall. Neither car derailed.
Federal investigators have been examining the scene of an overnight commuter train accident near Philadelphia that left dozens of passengers with mostly minor injuries.
Authorities say a transit train rear-ended a parked and unoccupied train at a station in Upper Darby on Tuesday shortly after midnight.
A passenger told WPVI-TV that the train was moving surprisingly fast as it entered the station and the crash knocked passengers to the floor.
A photo taken of the back of the train that was struck showed only what appeared to be light damage.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials say the transit train's operator and 41 passengers were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a 5 p.m. briefing Tuesday on its investigation.
A passenger aboard a Philadelphia-area transit train that rear-ended a parked train at a station says he heard his train "going real fast ... like, super-fast" just before impact.
Raymond Woodward tells WPVI-TV he hit his head and other passengers were knocked to the floor of the moving train when it hit the unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby. The crash occurred about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating the cause of the crash which injured the moving train's operator and 41 passengers. None has life-threatening injuries.
SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said Norristown trains are now operating as normal, but no express trains are running. She said commuters can expect some delays.
A regional rail spokeswoman says the driver of a train that crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal has been treated at a hospital and released.
Agency spokeswoman Heather Redfern says 42 people were injured in the Tuesday morning crash at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby. She says none of the injuries are life threatening.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating the cause.
The inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Redfern said Norristown trains are now operating as normal, but no express trains are running. She said commuters can expect some delays.
Authorities say 33 people have been injured in a train crash at a station in suburban Philadelphia.
A spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Heather Redfern says an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby.
Redfern says 33 people aboard the train were injured.
In an early morning briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said the victims were taken to area hospitals. He says at least four people suffered serious injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The 2:15 a.m. item has been corrected to show the first name of the Upper Darby mayor is Thomas, not Nicholas.