Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Fatality disrupts SEPTA, Amtrak service


A person was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in this morning, leading to delays on the Northeast Corridor and SEPTA Regional Rail.

Authorities said an Acela train traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C., struck a person near Marcus Hook, north of Wilmington, shortly before 11:20 a.m.

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said it wasn't known yet whether the incident was an accident or the person intentionally stepped in front of the oncoming train. Additional details about the person's identity weren't immediately available.

Service on SEPTA's Wilmington-Newark line was suspended between Marcus Hook and Wilmington for about two hours while authorities responded to the scene. Trains began running again shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Amtrak says passengers should expect minor delays, but Northeast Corridor trains are running. Service between Wilmington and Philadelphia is disrupted.

The passengers on the train the struck the person were being transferred to another train.

The incident remains under investigation.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

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

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