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Reporting from Upper Darby, Delaware County (Pennsylvania)
Updated: Tuesday August 22, 2017 – 8:35 a.m.

Thirty-three people have been injured in a train crash at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania after an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train collided with an unoccupied, parked train at the terminal.

The crash happened just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to local authorities.

42 passengers were transported to various hospitals including Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Four passengers suffering from serious injuries were transported to University of Pennsylvania Trauma Center & Lankenau Hospital.

“There was blood everywhere,” said one passenger who identified himself as Ronnie “There was this driver all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad.” Video coverage of Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie’s news conference is available on our Facebook.

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Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries. “Some were considered walking wounded,” she said.

Paramedics from throughout the county responded to provide aide and transport passengers to the various hospitals.

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the 69th Street Terminal shortly after 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to begin their investigation.

The Norristown High Speed Line will be running every 30-minutes under further notice, according to the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The two trains involved in the crash are still at the platform of the crash with investigators from SEPTA, state and federal agencies present.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Check back for updates as they are made available.


 

Photos depict investigators from the National Transportation Safety Administration among others on scene at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby early Tuesday morning at the crash site. (PHOTOS: YC.NEWS/NEWS SHARE/NIK HATZIEFATATHIOU)

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