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Collision Between Philadelphia Trolley Cars Injures Nearly 50 Passengers


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According to WPVI, two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) trolley trains collide in west Philadelphia, injuring 46 people on board on Wednesday afternoon.

Details of Trolley Collision

The trolley crash occurred on Route 10 near 38th Street at around 1:00 p.m. local time. SEPTA officials say a train crashed into the rear of another, causing dozens of injuries.

WPVI reports that 44 passengers were injured in the crash. In addition, both trolley operators sustained injuries. Most of the injuries are believed to be minor and non-life-threatening.

A team of six National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) agents are being sent to the scene to investigate the crash. According to WPVI, the trains are supposed to run approximately 10 minutes apart. Officials aren’t sure why the trolleys were close enough together to collide. The NTSB agents will be looking at collision avoidance technology among other issues.

Train and Railroad Accident Statistics

Train and railroad accidents cause thousands of injuries and accidents every year. In 2011 alone, there were 4,273 train and railroad accidents/incidents resulting in 290 fatalities.

Train passenger injuries can be caused by:

  • Conductor negligence
  • Mechanical failure
  • Outdated train tracks
  • Poor track maintenance
  • Train derailment
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Collision with a vehicle
  • Collision with another train

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