Girl Still in Hospital 2 Weeks After Being Struck by SEPTA Train

Man was holding the child near the edge of the platform when she was hit

By Vince Lattanzio and David Chang
|  Monday, Dec 2, 2013  |  Updated 3:28 PM EDT
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A 1-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by a SEPTA El train.

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A 1-year-old is in critical condition after being struck by a SEPTA train.
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A young girl continues to fight for her life over two weeks since she was hit by a SEPTA train as it pulled into a University City station.

Back on November 15, the 1-year-old was struck by a Market-Frankford Line train at SEPTA's 30th Street Station at 30th and Market Streets just after 8 p.m., fire officials told NBC10.

Police say the girl was being held by her mother's boyfriend and that he was standing towards the edge of the platform when he lost his footing as a westbound train rolled into the station. The girl was hit in the head by the train and the father fell onto the platform.

The girl's mother was also standing nearby taking care of her other young child.

"Even myself, I wouldn't stand that close to that platform. I really wouldn't," said passenger Norma Lewis. "I hope the little girl is OK. I really do."

EMS crews quickly rushed the girl, swaddled in a pink overcoat, to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said the girl suffered significant head injuries.

After the accident, police said the injuries were so severe that the girl had a small chance of recovering. On Monday, officials told NBC10 that the girl is still alive but also still in critical condition.

The man suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment.

No charges have been filed. Police continue to investigate.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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