Man Sitting on Train Tracks Hit, Somehow Survives

A man sitting on the train tracks in West Depford survived when he fell between the rails and the train largely passed over him.

Andrew Davoli, 25, was taken to Cooper University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his right leg (and general soreness from being hit by a freaking train). The conductor saw Davoli on the tracks, West Depford police say, but wasn’t able to stop in time.

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Report: Much of South Jersey Town’s Residents Got Sick After Train Derailment

Image via NTSB

Image via NTSB

A new report form the New Jersey Department of Health says that most of the town of Paulsboro, New Jersey, was sickened by a train derailment that released vinyl chloride in 2012.

The report, which was posted on the National Transportation Safety Board’s website last week, says “58% of participants in the In-Person Survey and 66% in the Mailed Survey reported experiencing new or worsening symptoms in the week-long period after the train derailment and vinyl chloride release.” Vinyl chloride is a chemical primarily used to make the polymer PVC.

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Wire Problems Delay Philly-to-Baltimore Amtrak Service

There were significant delays for Amtrak riders in the Northeast Corridor Tuesday morning as wire problems led to a suspension of service between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Amtrak says limited service is now restored, and commuters should still expect heavy delays.

Amtrak, who dropped its Clippers sponsorship this week, says power lines came down between Baltimore and Wilmington, near Perryville, Maryland.

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#SEPTAResidency, Or: Writing the Market Frankford Line


I am in the last El car on the way to Upper Darby. I am in the last seat, too, watching the Philadelphia skyline disappear behind me on a clear March day. I’m sitting on the blue fabric upholstery SEPTA’s itching to replace. There are no other amenities. I don’t even have advertisements in front of me. I read West Philly’s Love Letter murals as the train continues. Open your eyes, I see the sunrise; If you were here, I’d be home. I am content.

I am only here for the stunt. As soon as I get to 69th Street, I will board the Norristown High Speed Line to continue my loop through SEPTA rail options. I am here to write: I owe this trip to Jessica Gross, who inspired Amtrak to start a writers’ residency program with a tweet referencing an Alexander Chee interview. Amtrak has now spun her trip into a full-fledged program with a social-media friendly name, #AmtrakResidency.

Her Paris Review article on her Amtrak residency test run, which these first two paragraphs have been a loose parody of, featured a comment from Alan Scally: “You spoiled bras are in sleeper cars on Amtrak. Ride coach overnight or 2 days from Chicago to Portland and you will hate Amtrakā€¦. You writers are pampered little wimps afraid to ride coach.” Looking for a way to put a different spin on a story that’s been written a thousand times already, I figured I’d do Scally better than Amtrak coach: I’d start my own, self-funded #SEPTAResidency.

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