August 17, 2016 |
Seven passengers reported injuries after a SEPTA bus collided with an automobile Monday night in the city's Nicetown section, an agency spokesman said. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue at Juniata Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. It was not immediately clear how many passengers on the bus - Route 23 heading toward Center City - were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Busch said. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
August 14, 2016 |
Police are asking for help finding the man who attacked a SEPTA bus driver in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia police on Friday released surveillance footage of the suspect in the Aug. 3 assault on the Route 37 bus driver. The suspect got off the bus on the 2000 block of South Broad Street about 3 a.m. and began arguing with the driver, police said. The man then got back on the bus and pummeled the driver, punching him, slamming his head into the dashboard and biting him, police said.
August 9, 2016 |
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
August 8, 2016 |
SEPTA police are offering amnesty to the man who took a bag off a bus in Rhawnhurst that contained passports of two children visiting with their mother from Colombia, South America. Ximena Estrada, who has been visiting family in Philadelphia for about two months, accidentally left the bag behind when she got off the Route 58 bus Thursday. Inside were passports for her 14-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, she said Saturday. They are to return home to Colombia this Tuesday. Around 6 p.m. Thursday, Estrada was carrying a purse and red backpack on the bus, she said, when she thought she missed her stop.
August 5, 2016
A SEPTA train struck and killed a woman in Delaware County Wednesday night. The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. on the Media/Elwyn Region Rail Line near the Fernwood Station Station in Yeadon Borough, according to Kristin Geiger, a SEPTA spokeswoman. The unidentified woman in her late 50s was in the track area and the train could not stop in time, said Geiger. The incident is still under investigation and it is not clear why the woman was on the tracks. Approximately 75 passengers were on the train at the time and were transferred to buses.
August 4, 2016 |
A 34-year-old Holmesburg man was held for trial Tuesday on charges stemming from a May hit-and-run that critically injured an off-duty SEPTA Transit Police officer. The officer, Gary Miller, 44, was out for an afternoon run on Rowland Avenue in Holmesburg on May 22 when he was hit by a Saturn sedan. Jeffrey Soder, also known as Jeffrey Sickel, was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence, and related charges. Soder, of the 4600 block of Kraydor Street, was ordered held for trial after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Wendy Pew. He remains in custody at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg.
July 31, 2016 |
A SEPTA Transit Police officer who deployed pepper spray through a fence at protesters during the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia this week was found to be justified in his actions, according to a SEPTA spokesman. The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, begins with the officer calmly deploying the pepper spray at protesters, one of whom attempts to shield his face with a homemade sign. Among the people hit by the spray is Anna Marie Stenberg, 69, a pro-Bernie Sanders protester from California.
July 28, 2016 |
Getting around Philadelphia on the second day of the Democratic National Convention was largely a repeat of the protests, detours, and delays that have inconvenienced the region since the event began. Once again, protests stalled service on the Broad Street Line on Tuesday afternoon from Oregon Avenue to the AT&T Station, the stop closest to the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention's evening events were held. SEPTA restored full service after 30 minutes, only to end all service between the two stations shortly before 7:30 p.m. for what officials described as security reasons.
July 27, 2016 |
The first day of the Democratic National Convention saw travelers by car, train, and bus delayed. Officials at transportation agencies said it was likely that traffic jams, bus detours, and unexpected disruptions would continue to be part of getting around Philadelphia until the donkeys leave town. The first troubles came on I-95 during the morning commute. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had initially planned to keep all lanes open to passenger vehicles, but over the weekend found that truckers were not aware of a ban on vehicles weighing five tons or more and were still using the highway, said Eugene Blaum, a PennDot spokesman.
July 26, 2016
Bus crash hurts 2 pedestrians, 26 riders Police are investigating a crash that occurred in Yeadon, Delaware County, at around 6:20 p.m. Sunday. Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman, said a Route 113 bus was traveling south on Lansdowne Avenue when a Jeep Liberty turned left off of Providence Road and collided with the bus. Two adults near the site of the collision were hit by the bus and were in critical condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Busch said. There were 26 SEPTA passengers on board, all of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries.