Wires fall on roof of trolley

'Don't move!' driver yelled

Posted: March 13, 2012

P ASSENGERS on a SEPTA trackless trolley suffered a brief scare when overhead electrical lines fell onto the vehicle yesterday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, officials said.

About 3:10 p.m. the Route 66 trackless trolley was on Frankford Avenue at Harbison when a truck crossing the intersection knocked down the wires powering the SEPTA vehicle, said passenger Walter Hansley, 54.

The driver yelled, "Don't move! Don't move! Don't touch nothing metal!" Hansley recalled.

About a half-dozen passengers stayed on the trolley for about five minutes, he said. When the passengers complained about being trapped there, the driver let them out, but advised then "to jump off" so as not to touch anything and risk getting shocked, Hansley said.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the overhead wires hit the trolley and several automobiles.

One minor injury was reported, he said. Hansley said one passenger complained of neck pain.

Accidents such as this are monitored by SEPTA's control center and the section of wire is quickly turned off, Busch said.

- Staff report

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