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Man stepped in path of train, police say

A man who walked onto rail­road tracks in front of an on­rush­ing Amtrak train on Sat­urday did it in­ten­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The north­bound train struck the 49-year-old near the 4800 block of Grant Ave., a short dis­tance from the Tor­res­dale Sta­tion, at 1:50 p.m., said a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man, Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell.

The man was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Po­lice ruled the case a sui­cide and have not re­leased the man’s iden­tity.

Ac­cord­ing to Amtrak spokes­wo­man Dan­elle Hunter, train No. 666 of the Key­stone Ser­vice Line was trav­el­ing from Har­ris­burg to New York City via Phil­adelphia and had stopped at 30th Street Sta­tion. There were about 159 pas­sen­gers on board plus a crew. No on-board in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

The train stopped near the scene of the col­li­sion as pas­sen­gers were trans­ferred to an­oth­er train to com­plete their trip.

Amtrak shut down two of four par­al­lel tracks in the area for sev­er­al hours while au­thor­it­ies in­vest­ig­ated the in­cid­ent. Pas­sen­ger ser­vice con­tin­ued on two tracks dur­ing the in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

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