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Teen Accused of Leaving SUV on Tracks, Leading to SEPTA Train Collision



    A 17-year-old surrendered to police for allegedly abandoning his SUV on railroad tracks in Bucks County, Pa. (Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014)

    A teenager turned himself in on Monday after police say he left an SUV on the train tracks in Bensalem over a week ago, leading to a collision with a SEPTA train.

    The collision between the outbound four-car West Trenton train and the red SUV happened at 5:35 p.m. on April 25 near the Neshaminy Falls station along Bristol Road and Grove Avenue in Bensalem, Pa..

    SEPTA Train Crashes Into SUV

    [PHI] SEPTA Train Crashes Into SUV
    The crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. in Bensalem, Pa.
    (Published Friday, April 25, 2014)

    Train passengers told NBC10.com they saw a group of teens driving the SUV along the tracks when it got stuck. The teens jumped out just in time.

    "The truck was driving on the tracks and got stuck right before it got hit," said passenger Johnny D. "They jumped out right before and ran. We were going pretty fast and slammed the brakes."

    SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith said the train was traveling about 25 mph at the time of the impact, which happened in a remote area between stations.

    Smith said the transit authority has been combating on-going issues with ATV riders crossing the tracks in the area where the collision occurred.

    None of the 70 passengers on-board the train were hurt, Smith said. The passengers were transferred to shuttle buses to finish their journey.

    A SEPTA Police detective also received reports that five teens were seen running from the scene. On Monday, police announced that a 17-year-old boy surrendered to authorities in Bensalem. The teen is charged with reckless endangerment, risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief and violation of the railroad safety act.