Amtrak’s Second Sunday Accident Injures One
One person reportedly lost a leg Sunday night after being struck by an Amtrak train in Bensalem.
It was Amtrak’s second serious accident of the day in the Philadelphia area, following a Sunday morning derailment in Chester that killed two people. And both accidents took place nearly a year after last May’s deadly Philadelphia derailment.
“I feel safe riding a train, but things like this keep happening with Amtrak with the crashes and what’s going on here,” Ken Duncan, Bensalem, told 6ABC. “Makes me wanna take the bus.”
The second accident happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday near SEPTA’s Cornwells Heights stop. The train — bound for New York — needed a mile to come to a complete stop after striking the victim.
The New York Daily News reported that a conductor on the train went from car to car to explain the reason the train had come to a halt.
“She seemed very flabbergasted … very overwhelmed about what happened,” Julie Frey, a passenger, told the paper. “I saw her put her hands on her head. She’s probably very stressed out given the accident this morning,”
NBC10 reports that SEPTA’s Trenton line and Amtrak service were suspended, but later resumed service.