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October 17, 2001 | By Nedra Lindsey INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A white powder on a subway platform forced the closure of the PATCO High-Speed Line station at City Hall for more than two hours yesterday. A train operator saw the powder at 11:06 a.m. and called police, who closed the station until 1:45 p.m. A hazardous-materials crew and the Camden County Department of Health quarantined the area, tested the powder, and concluded it was harmless residue from nearby construction. "Panic is clearly our enemy," Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon said at a news conference held to address a surge of calls about suspicious packages, letters and even doughnuts.
NEWS
July 4, 2010 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man hit killed Saturday evening by a southbound SEPTA train between the Melrose Park and Fern Rock stations was wearing headphones and walking on the tracks in the same direction as the train when he was struck, police said Sunday. The victim, who was decapitated in the accident, was identified as Daniel Gallagher, 49, of the 6400 block of Shelbourne Street in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. The train operator sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake after sighting Gallager, police said.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Dan Geringer and Daily News Staff Writer
FAWAIZ CLEMENS and Christopher Henderson, both 21, traveled to Philly from New York City on Friday just to ride the last Silverliner II and Silverliner III cars in SEPTA Regional Rail service, making their final run from Suburban Station to Bala Cynwyd before, as Arlo Gutherie sang, "this train's got the disappearing railroad blues. "   "I've been like this with trains since I was 2 years old," Clemens said. "I want to be a train operator or a bus operator or a cleaner or a custodian — just anything to work in a transit company.
NEWS
August 25, 1988 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
An 18-year-old Glenolden man who was struck by a SEPTA train last Thursday was listed in critical condition yesterday in the intensive-care unit at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. James Joseph Lavin Jr., of the 900 block of Lawnton Terrace, was walking west on the train tracks near Bishop Avenue in Upper Darby at 12:45 a.m. last Thursday when he was struck by a westbound train, according to Upper Darby Detective George Thomas. Police said the train operator, William Gordy, 33, of Wilmington, told them that he saw someone walking on the track in front of the train and immediately initiated the emergency stop procedures and sounded the whistle repeatedly, but could not stop in time to avoid striking Lavin.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
NJ Transit's River Line service has resumed after a morning collision between a train and an SUV in Riverton left four people injured, the transit agency said. The light-rail train had struck an SUV on the tracks at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday near Main and Broad Streets. Service had been suspended for about two hours between Palmyra and Cinnaminson before resuming at 12:20 p.m. Riders were advised to expect delays while service returned to normal. Four people were injured in the accident - the driver and passenger in the SUV as well as two people on the train, authorities said.
NEWS
December 13, 1986
Even in Toonerville a train doesn't crash into another one stopped, plainly visible, in a lighted station. Yet that's what happened in Suburban Station during the Wednesday evening rush hour in still another in a long series of rail-line mishaps that have haunted SEPTA in recent years. The authority may have to start handing out crash helmets to passengers if something isn't done soon. To put it in perspective, the collision was relatively minor as train wrecks go. An airport train that rear-ended a Chestnut Hill West train apparently was moving quite slowly since the impact resulted in a coupling of cars with no derailment and little body damage.
NEWS
February 16, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty, and Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writers
A passengerless SEPTA regional rail train was halted dead in its tracks this week when one of its steel wheels split in half. The unusual accident crippled the 14-year-old train as it traveled to the transit agency's newest station in Chester County. Neither the train operator nor the conductor was hurt. "It was a stress crack that began from the inside of the wheel," said Tom Dorricott, an official with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He added that a broken wheel could have caused a catastrophic derailment.
NEWS
February 7, 2009 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 250 passengers were evacuated from a Philadelphia-bound PATCO train yesterday after it became disabled on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. A blown motor caused the train to stall about 6:30 a.m. on the north side of the bridge, according to Ed Kasuba, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the PATCO High-Speed Line between South Jersey and Center City. PATCO riders experienced major delays for much of the morning rush hour as eastbound and westbound trains alternated using the single track on the bridge's south side.
NEWS
March 15, 2000 | By Michael Stoll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After hearing complaints by residents and township officials that cargo trains were blocking auto traffic too often and for too long, CSX Corp. says it will invest $3 million to upgrade a section of track to correct the problem. Since CSX took over Conrail last June, it has increased traffic on its Miami-Montreal line, causing more frequent road blockages at the township's three crossings as train traffic backs up. The company plans to lengthen a siding, or parallel section of track where trains can park, so that the longest trains can fit. Some trains can be 7,000 feet long and have up to 120 cars.
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May 7, 2016
NJ Transit's River Line service has resumed after a morning collision between a train and an SUV in Riverton left four people injured, the transit agency said. The light-rail train had struck an SUV on the tracks at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday near Main and Broad Streets. Service had been suspended for about two hours between Palmyra and Cinnaminson before resuming at 12:20 p.m. Riders were advised to expect delays while service returned to normal. Four people were injured in the accident - the driver and passenger in the SUV as well as two people on the train, authorities said.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
When SEPTA starts running all-night subway service this month, most of the stations will not be staffed. Cashiers will be on duty at 16 heavily used stations, but at the other 34 stations, passengers will be directed to pay the train operator. The operators will handle tokens, passes, transfers, and cash. But they won't make change. Uniformed and plainclothes transit police will be at many stations and on all trains in an effort to assure passenger safety, SEPTA officials said Tuesday.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Bob Warner, and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dangerous cold gripped the region Wednesday as Philadelphia and neighboring counties dug their way out of the remnants of a record winter storm, and officials said the harsh weather played a part in three deaths. Little relief is in sight. Subfreezing temperatures are expected to continue into next week, with only a brief respite Saturday. A wintry pattern could persist for the next two to three weeks, the National Weather Service said. A touch of snow is possible Thursday and Saturday, and perhaps something more substantial early next week, forecasters said.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
More PATCO delays Tuesday, including a train halted on the Ben Franklin Bridge and others held up by copper-wire thefts, prompted new complaints that service on the commuter line is slipping. Already annoyed by broken escalators and elevators in stations, riders said Tuesday that the trains themselves have become less reliable. PATCO operates a 14-mile line between South Jersey and Center City, carrying about 10 million passengers a year. "Since early this year, it's as if PATCO stopped trying," commuter Cate Mahoney said.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO passengers should not have had to wait for more than an hour on a train stranded over the Delaware River on Saturday with little information or assistance, PATCO general manager John Rink said Wednesday. Rink apologized at the monthly board meeting of PATCO's parent, the Delaware River Port Authority. "We could have done a better job of communicating with passengers . . . and with the general public," Rink said. "The train was stopped on the bridge far too long before the notification of DRPA leadership and the public.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
This is not the time to consider cutting back on the increasingly successful Amtrak Keystone route between New York and Harrisburg by way of Philadelphia. But that service could be curtailed if negotiators for Amtrak and the state Department of Transportation can't agree on a way to cover costs. Amtrak must end its $8 million contribution on Oct. 1, 2013, under a 2008 law requiring Amtrak to shift operating costs to the states. The train operator would continue to cover infrastructure maintenance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012
TONY SCOTT'S final movie was "Unstoppable," and I admired it so much I pleaded for an interview, and he was kind enough to grant one. To me, there was something particularly lovely, or loving, about the way U.K. native Scott had photographed the industrial byways of Pennsylvania in "Unstoppable," and I wanted to ask him about it. We ended up having a long conversation about our shared roots growing up in our countries' respective Rust Belts, about...
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Dan Geringer and Daily News Staff Writer
FAWAIZ CLEMENS and Christopher Henderson, both 21, traveled to Philly from New York City on Friday just to ride the last Silverliner II and Silverliner III cars in SEPTA Regional Rail service, making their final run from Suburban Station to Bala Cynwyd before, as Arlo Gutherie sang, "this train's got the disappearing railroad blues. "   "I've been like this with trains since I was 2 years old," Clemens said. "I want to be a train operator or a bus operator or a cleaner or a custodian — just anything to work in a transit company.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
Temple student hit by car A 19-year-old Temple student is in critical condition at Hahnemann University Hospital after she was hit by a car near the campus last night, police said. The student was crossing Broad Street near Montgomery Avenue when she was struck about 9:45 p.m. The driver stopped and was being questioned by police. Getting Nutter nod Mayor Nutter was set today to endorse Marty Bednarek, a former member of the School Reform Commission, in the race for City Council's 6th District.
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