Downed Wire Stops Regional Rail Train

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 2:05 PM EDT
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Downed Wire Stops Regional Rail Train

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Wires fell on this truck and SEPTA train April 9, 2013.

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Commuters had to stay put this morning after a wire fell on the tracks near their train.

A SEPTA Regional Rail Manayunk/Norristown train was stopped around 10:30 a.m. and passengers forced to stay on board after the telephone wire went down near Ford and Washington Streets -- a few hundred feet from the Norristown Transportation Center.

Service on the line was suspended as power was cut, according to SEPTA.

About 30 passengers on the Norristown-bound train were safely evacuated onto shuttle buses, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.

The wire also fell on a truck. The driver of that vehicle remained trapped for some time before he was able to get out OK, according to county dispatchers.

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By 12:30 p.m. service was restored on the Manayunk/Norristown Line between Center City and the Conshohocken Stations with shuttle bus service carrying passengers between Conshy and the Elm Street Station, according to SEPTA.

 


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