Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amtrak train strikes, kills person in Delco


A person was killed Wednesday evening after being struck by an Amtrak train in Delaware County.

The Amtrak Acela Express train was traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C. around 4:45 p.m., when it hit a person who was trespassing on the tracks not far from the SEPTA Sharon Hill regional rail station, officials said.

The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, died at the scene.

The striking train was delayed as Amtrak police worked with a coroner and local law enforcement to investigate. No injuries were reported to the train's crew members, or to the 270 passengers on board.

Amtrak service from Philadelphia to Wilmington was running behind schedule in the aftermath of the crash.

SEPTA, whose regional rail trains also operate on the section of railroad between 30th Street Station and Wilmington, suspended service on its Wilmington-Newark line around 4:45 p.m. as police investigated the incident.

Service on the SEPTA line was restored around 7:20 p.m., though officials said residual delays could be expected.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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