In our weekly Philadelphia accident report for December 13th, we take a closer look at three serious auto accidents and one accident involving a SEPTA train which have made headlines throughout the metro area in the past week.
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SEPTA Train Strikes Unoccupied Car In Montgomery County
A SEPTA train struck a car which was sitting unoccupied on train tracks in Montgomery County on the morning of Tuesday, December 12th. The accident happened near the Rices Mill Road train overpass between Glenside and Jenkintown Stations.
Crews responded to the scene and over 500 passengers were evacuated from the train and transported to nearby shuttle buses. SEPTA suspended service for Warminster, Glenside, and Landsdale Doylestown. SEPTA riders on all other lines faced delays up to 45 minutes.
1 Killed, 4 Injured In Philadelphia Hit And Run
Philadelphia police are searching for two people who were involved in a fatal accident and then fled the scene on foot in the Tacony section of the city. The two-vehicle accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 13th on the 6900 block of Torresdale Avenue.
After the accident, a vehicle with three people inside landed in the front yard of a private home. A 31-year-old male driver and 27-year-old female passenger were found injured inside the vehicle. A second 33-year-old male passenger had been ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly following the accident.
A male driver and female passenger from the other vehicle fled the scene on foot, leaving the striking vehicle on the scene. Investigators used the license plate and vehicle identification number to link the vehicle to a home in Northeast Philadelphia, but have not yet located the suspects.
4 Nuns Injured In Delaware County 2-Vehicle Accident
Four nuns from Philadelphia suffered critical injuries Sunday night when another vehicle collided head-on with theirs on a road in Delaware County. One of the nuns was flown to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment, while the others were brought to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Bethel Township.
The accident happened around 7:10 p.m. when a vehicle being driven by a 21-year-old Delco man, westbound on 322 in Garnet Valley entered the eastbound lane and crashed into the nuns’ vehicle. The 21-year-old man was also brought to Crozer-Chester in critical condition. Investigators are currently trying to determine what caused the man to drift out of his lane.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the accident.
Man Killed After Being Struck By Flying Debris On PA Turnpike
A 57-year-old man was struck and killed by flying debris while driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday, December 8th. He was traveling on I-276 eastbound near the Norristown exit when the accident occurred. A truck driving in the westbound lanes struck debris, which sent it flying over the concrete barrier and into the eastbound lanes. The debris struck the 57-year-old driver in the head, killing him. Police are currently searching for the truck that his the debris as they investigate the accident.