November 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA is in the heart of the Northeast rail corridor, where more than 2,000 passenger trains move 75,000 riders daily between Washington,D.C. and Boston on speed-restricted tracks across aging bridges and through ancient tunnels, powered by 1930s-era equipment. The whole system needs an extreme makeover as desperately as the Phillies do. Yesterday, at SEPTA headquarters in Center City, the Federal Railroad Administration's NEC (Northeast Corridor) FUTURE program unveiled a public glimpse of what that makeover might be by 2040.
April 24, 2013 |
A Lansdale man was killed and another was injured in a high-speed crash overnight in Montgomery County, police said Tuesday. Sean Christopher Sperl, 21, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic at a high speed on Route 563 at Sugar Hill Road in Salford Township just after midnight, when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and struck a utility pole, according to police. His passenger, Ryan Alexander Petrille, 21, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The car was torn in two pieces, according to police.
December 15, 1991 |
With virtually no fanfare, Congress last month gave a huge boost to proponents of high-speed trains that someday might zip as fast as 300 miles per hour between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or other U.S. cities. Buried in the massive Surface Transportation Act was $800 million for research and development on high-speed train technology, plus legal changes that could make it easier to get private-sector or state funding for new high- speed projects. The transportation bill represents a major victory, rail proponents say, because it begins to put financing of new high-speed lines on a more equal footing with other big transportation projects, such as airports, highways and ports.
November 18, 1995 |
Three young men, friends through high school, were killed early yesterday in a violent accident on rural Tuckahoe Road in Gloucester County. The accident tore their car to shreds, ejecting them and a fourth friend, who survived, police said. "The vehicle was extremely unrecognizable," said a Franklin Township officer, who said that the car's apparent high speed was a contributing factor in the mishap. Killed were Franklinville residents Benny S. Sorbello Jr., 21, of Tuckahoe Road; Brandon S. Heck, 19, of Pennsylvania Avenue, and Michael T. Petsch, 20, of Stanton Avenue, police said.
June 3, 1997 |
One night seven years ago, Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy James Everett Smith saw two teenagers on a motorcycle pass by at high speed. He decided to pursue them in his patrol car. Seventy-five seconds later, after a chase in a residential area that reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, Smith reached the crest of a hill, saw the motorcycle had stopped, and slammed on his brakes. It was too late. The patrol car struck motorcycle passenger Phillip Lewis, 16, and killed him. The boy's parents sued for damages, contending that Smith's action had deprived their son of his constitutional right to life.
August 29, 2010
Two men were killed in a automobile crash on South 61st Street in Philadelphia Sunday morning. According to the police, a 58-year-old man traveling southbound at a high speed swerved his black Chevy Impala into oncoming traffic when he reached the 3200 block of the street at about 9:15 a.m. His car struck a blue Chevy Tracker driven by a 38-year-old man. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the names of either men Sunday afternoon pending notification of family.
May 21, 2015
OFFICIALS ARE still investigating the cause of last week's horrific Amtrak derailment that claimed eight lives and injured hundreds more, and it will take a while before we know the truth. But like most disasters, the incident highlights a tangled complex of issues both large and small. It's actually the smallest that has us worried: that a "projectile" such as a rock was thrown at the train. This has not been confirmed, and reports have been contradictory, but the possibility that someone out there in our rough-and-tumble city might have caused such havoc has us wincing.
June 16, 2004
Criticism of school board 'rent control' is hollow As expected, my June 2 commentary ("Taxpayers need some kind of 'rent control' over school boards") was attacked by those who benefit from school board taxation powers. Unfortunately, space limitations prohibit a full discussion of a complex issue, which then allows critics to cast doubt on the facts. For example, Paul Pflaumer's letter argued that my use of Pennsylvania's poor performance on the SAT college entrance exam (45th in the nation)
January 17, 2012
Kelly Drive was closed for nearly three hours Monday afternoon after a two-car crash killed two people and left a third in critical condition, authorities said. Rescue crews were dispatched at 2:52 p.m. to Kelly and Strawberry Mansion Drives, authorities said. Police said a silver Volkswagen was traveling north at high speed when it crossed the roadway and collided head-on with a green Toyota Sienna. The Volkswagen's driver, a 34-year-old woman, and her passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
July 23, 1987 |
A motorist accused of driving at a high speed through Collingdale's Fourth of July parade was held for court action on multiple charges after a preliminary hearing July 15 in Collingdale Regional Court. According to court records, the driver, Richard Dewitt Jr., 19, of the 400 block of Pusey Avenue, Collingdale, was charged with aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, making terroristic threats, criminal mischief, driving at unsafe speeds, fleeing and eluding police, and not obeying a person directing traffic.