A woman was hospitalized in serious condition Tuesday after falling onto an electrified rail at a subway station in South Philadelphia, SEPTA officials said.
Surveillance video shows the woman, 35, leaning over to peer down the track for the next train on the northbound side at the Ellsworth-Federal station on the Broad Street Line.
At 1:18 p.m., the woman crossed the yellow warning line and tumbled into the track area, touching the third rail with her right leg, Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3d said.
The contact caused an "explosion," Nestel said. Video shows people on the platform running upstairs to get help, and then a cashier rushing down with a wooden broom in case she needed to move the woman away from the electrified rail.