SEPTA train hits, kills man on troubled stretch of track in Delco

A person was hit by a SEPTA train and killed not far from where a derailment occurred May 2. The victim Tuesday was not a track worker.

A SEPTA train struck and killed a man Tuesday on a troubled stretch of track on the Northeast Corridor in Delaware County.

The incident happened about 9:10 a.m. about 1½ miles south of the Eddystone station and forced SEPTA to suspend service on the Wilmington/Newark Line for a time.

That’s the same area where a freight train derailed May 2, ripping up track and disrupting Amtrak and SEPTA service.

Track repairs are still underway, but they are being done overnight and the fatality did not involve a worker, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

The man in his 20s who was killed Tuesday was struck by an inbound train, Busch said.

In April 2016, two Amtrak workers were killed while cleaning tracks in nearby Chester when an Amtrak train was mistakenly routed onto a track adjacent to where the men were working.