Authorities Believe PA Man Killed By Train Was Texting
Details of the Fatal Train Accident
Authorities are investigating a train accident that left a young Pennsylvania man dead on Monday evening. Reports say the man was walking along train tracks and may have been texting a friend when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train struck and killed him.
The engineer told authorities he saw the man walking on the tracks with his back to the oncoming train after coming around a turn and tried to alert him by blowing the whistle. The engineer also locked up the train’s brakes in an attempt to avoid hitting the man but was unable. The victim never turned around or acknowledged the oncoming train.
The deadly train accident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. local time near Noble Station in Abington, PA. Service was stopped for two hours while police investigated the accident.
Fatal Train Accident Statistics
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recorded 434 fatalities to railroad trespassers nationwide in 2010. An additional 388 trespassers were injured. In that same year in Pennsylvania, 23 trespassers died in rail accidents and 19 were injured.