April 7, 2011, Philadelphia, PA - A SEPTA R-6 train traveling in the East Falls area of Philadelphia hit and killed a person who was walking along the tracks on April 4. According to an article from NBC Philadelphia, the East Falls train hit and killed the pedestrian at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Calumet and Cresson Streets.
The accident, which is still being investigated, did shut down the Manayunk/Norristown line. According to the article's April 5 posting just before 8:30 a.m., the line was scheduled to be back up and running.
The identity of the deceased pedestrian victim was not released.
While car and truck accidents throughout the Philadelphia area claim a large number of victims across the state each year, the dangers posed by commuter trains throughout the area cannot be ignored, as there are nearly 3,500 public crossings throughout the state.
According to numbers from the Federal Railroad Administration, approximately 69 train accidents occurred throughout the state in 2010. Of those, 3 people were injured and another 3 killed.
While pedestrians must exercise caution when using local roadways and railroad crossings, railroad organizations also have a duty make sure activated crossings, non-gated crossings and equipment work properly and that employees exercise caution to prevent injury.
As a service to the residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
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