Ians­dale man struck by SBPTA train

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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.

Po­lice

said

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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.”

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Emer­gency re­spon­ders treat a man struck and injured by a SEPTA com­muter train at the Lans­dale train sta­tion Wed­nes­day.

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