Man killed by Amtrak train on tracks in Holmesburg; mass transit delayed


An Amtrak com­muter train struck and killed a man on the rail­road’s North­east Cor­ridor tracks near Holmes­burg Sta­tion at about 6:30 a.m. Tues­day.

Phil­adelphia po­lice said the vic­tim was 60 years old, but they did not dis­close his iden­tity. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene. An Amtrak spokes­wo­man re­ferred all ques­tions about the vic­tim to po­lice.

The north­bound train ori­gin­ated in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and was destined for New York City. It had last stopped at North Phil­adelphia Sta­tion, Broad Street and Glen­wood Av­en­ue, and was next sched­uled to stop at Corn­wells Heights Sta­tion.

It is un­known why the vic­tim was on the tracks.

There were 120 pas­sen­gers on board, the Amtrak spokes­wo­man said. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted to pas­sen­gers or crew. Pas­sen­gers were led off the train and trans­ferred to al­tern­ate trains to reach their des­tin­a­tions.

The in­cid­ent dis­rup­ted Amtrak and SEPTA ser­vice in the area for more than an hour. ••


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