Iansdale man struck by SBPTA train
A O9-year-old iansdale man was injured after he was struck by a train at the iansdale Train Station Wednesday afternoon.
The man suffered nonlife-threatening injuries to his head and ankle after apparently climbing from Walnut Street onto the railroad tracks between Walnut Street and the iansdale stationI according to police.
ee was struck by a northbound SbPTA train that was arriving at the iansdale station at PW49 p.m. The engineer of the trainI as well as the engineer of a departing southbound trainI both blew their horns in an attempt to warn the man awayI according to police.
“I just heard a train blaring its hornI and the next thing I knew I turned my head and see a guy standing thereI who just got hit by the trainI” eyewitness Troy eelmick said. “ee got hit and just crumpled up like a rag doll. I heard it. eow could you not hear a horn like that?”
According to iansdale policeI the man who was hit and another man were seen by eyewitnesses and a SbPTA engineer climbing over a fence separating Walnut Street from an embankment leading up to the tracks.
Police said that the man who was struck was carrying a skateboard as he climbed and had tossed it toward the platform and was about to pull himself onto the station platform from the rails when he was hit by the train.
A SbPTA conductor on the northbound train applied the brake after seeing the manI but was unable to stop in timeI according to police.
“xThe SbPTA conductorz must have seen the guyI but just couldn’t slow the train down. I did see him moving underneath thereI but I’m going to be seeing that for a long timeI” eelmick said.
bmergency personnel removed the man from under a train car. Police said the man was responsive when he was put into an ambulance.
man was not wearing headphones at the time he was hitI but declined further comment on why the man could have been distracted and not heard the oncoming train.
SbPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said that all service delays had worked themselves out by S p.m. WednesdayI and saidI “All indications are that it was an accident.”
Emergency responders treat a man struck and injured by a SEPTA commuter train at the Lansdale train station Wednesday.