Two high-speed trains collided at one of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s busiest stations late Monday night, leaving more than 40 injured.
Onlookers described it as a ‘bloody scene’ when one SEPTA train arrived at 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby, Delaware County, and crashed directly into an unoccupied train that was sitting in the terminal.
“I stood up to get off … to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley parked,” Ronnie, a passenger who did not want to disclose his full name, told NBC10.
SEPTA officials say that 42 people, including the conductor, were injured in the crash but none were in life-threatening condition. Four individuals are in critical condition.
Officials haven’t released information on the exact speed at which the train was traveling when it crashed but Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie said it came in “hot.”
“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.”
Even more troubling, Ronnie said the train had been experiencing issues prior to picking him up.
“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.”
Micozzie said he’s concerned about safety at the terminal. He plans to call U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, Tuesday and ask for help in improving track safety.
Automatic Train Control, a system that monitors the speed of trains and takes over if the conductor is going too fast, is meant to prevent such crashes but Amtrak says it is not the most advanced system out there.
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