Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Neshaminy student's death ruled an accident

Trevor Newman, 16, of Langhorne tried to jump out of the path of a SEPTA commuter train on New Year's Day, the county coroner said Wednesday.

Neshaminy student's death ruled an accident

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The death of a Neshaminy High School junior who was struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train in Langhorne on New Year’s Day was ruled an accident Wednesday.

Trevor Newman, 16, of the 1600 block of Fairview Avenue, Langhorne, tried to jump out of the way of a Trenton-bound train about 2:20 p.m., but was hit and suffered multiple injuries, authorities said.

Newman was pronounced dead at the scene, south of the Langhorne train station. The incident was an accident, Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell said, pending a toxicology report that could take four to six weeks.

Newman was walking north along Track 1 on the West Trenton line, with his back to the train from Center City, Campbell said. The engineer tried to brake and sounded the horn, but the train could not stop in time, a SEPTA spokesman said.

Counselors were available at the high school, which had classes as scheduled.  

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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