The Southeastern Philadelphia Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says that a tragic crash involving two separate trains occurred just hours ago in Upper Darby, Delaware County.
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Passengers described the scene as one of “bloody chaos” over 42 people being sent to nearby hospitals, many who lost limbs and facing life threatening injuries.
SEPTA officials have stated that a Norristown High Speed Line train was set to arrive at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby, Delaware County at 12 around midnight Tuesday when it crashed into an unoccupied train that was sitting inside the terminal parked.
A passenger, which identified himself as Ronnie said, “I stood up to get off to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked.”
"My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out," Ronnie said. "There was blood everywhere. The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad."
A total of four victims are critically wounded, and three were transported to Lankenau Medical Center while one was taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The other victims were taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Misericordia Community Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital.
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Ronnie also suggested that the train was experiencing electronic and technical.issues prior to the crash, although at this time SEPTA officials have not confirmed this to be certain.
"I was waiting at Gulph Mills. The train came by, it blew past us about three or four train lengths, stopped, backed up, picked us up," Ronnie said. "The same thing happened at Bryn Mawr."
SEPTA officials did say that the Norristown High Speed Line service between 69th Street and Norristown resumed as regularly scheduled as of 4:20 AM on Tuesday.
Due to the crash at least one of the tracks won't be operational until cleanup crews can finish clearing the rails so passengers are expecting delays. Express service is also going to be shut down for the remainder of the day.
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