Flood Waters Finally Free Trapped SEPTA Bus

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, May 2, 2014  |  Updated 7:51 AM EDT
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    Flood waters have finally receded in Manayunk allowing SEPTA to tow away a bus that was nearly washed over by the raging Schuylkill River.

    SEPTA bus 8550 was trapped along Flat Rock Road in fast-rising waters from the overflowing river around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

    Unable to escape, passengers and the driver were forced to climb onto the roof of the bus and wait for marine rescue crews to retrieve them by boat. No one was hurt in the incident.

    The bus remained almost fully submerged for most of the day Thursday as the surging Schuylkill continued to overflow its banks.

    This week's record-breaking rainstorm dumped just shy of 5 inches of rain on Philadelphia and sent the river rising by more than 7 feet -- cresting at 13.9 feet high in the city.

    A SEPTA tow truck hitched onto the bus around 6:45 a.m. on Friday and towed the bus off of Flat Rock Road and down Main Street.

    SEPTA officials said on Thursday they would be inspecting the bus to see if it could be salvaged.

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