Monday, April 21, 2014
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Girl, 1, struck by train at 30th Street Station

A 1-year-old girl was fighting for her life last night after her father was holding her and standing too close to the edge of a platform at 30th Street Station when a train approached, striking both of them, officials said.

The 22-year-old man was holding the baby just before 8 p.m. as a westbound Market-Frankford Line train entered the station and hit them, forcing them to fall back onto the platform, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

Police said the little girl was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in serious condition. Her father was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but police said his condition was unknown last night. Busch said about 10 p.m. that SEPTA had not received any reports that he had suffered injuries.

Busch said the incident was caught on surveillance video and that SEPTA officials were reviewing it late last night.


Marathon, Eagles game will make for packed city

More than 160,000 people are expected to converge on Philadelphia tomorrow for two major city events: the Philadelphia Marathon, which will draw people to Center City and other areas covered by the course beginning as early as 5 a.m., and the Eagles-Redskins game at Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m.

For the marathon and half-marathon, 30,000 runners are registered, plus 3,000 volunteers and 60,000 spectators who are expected to line the streets. Start time for the race is 7 a.m., and participants have six hours to complete the 26.2-mile course, meaning that many will still be on the road at the time of the Eagles' kickoff.

Here's what you should know to navigate the city this weekend:

* SEPTA services will run on a normal weekend schedule, with extra Broad Street Line subways running before and after the marathon and until the start of the Eagles game.

* Several bus routes will be detoured because of marathon road closures, including R, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 43, 47, 47M, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 124 and 125.

* Major roads shutting down to serve as marathon routes include the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Arch Street east of 17th, most of Kelly Drive from the Art Museum to Manayunk, Columbus Boulevard between Race Street and Washington Avenue, Chestnut Street across Center City to 34th Street, Eakins Oval and Martin Luther King Drive from Center City to the Columbia Railroad Bridge. The I-676 off-ramps at 22nd and 23rd streets also will close beginning at 3 a.m. tomorrow.


Service-dog program to honor Army veteran

A U.S. Army sergeant will be honored today at Loews Philadelphia Hotel during a breakfast and fundraiser for the K9s for Warriors organization.

The sergeant, a 10-year Army veteran, graduated in March from the K9s for Warriors program, which raises money to pair up military veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder with therapeutic service dogs. Philadelphia is one of 10 cities in which the fundraising tour is stopping in hopes of surpassing its $200,000 goal.

The event at the Loews, at 12th and Market streets, will run from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit

- Morgan Zalot and David Gambacorta

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