Main Line Wreck Slows Amtrak, SEPTA Service

Amtrak, already embattled over issues along its Northeast Corridor, dealt with another issue (briefly) Friday after a piece of construction equipment smashed into one of its bridges outside Philadelphia.

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A truck carrying the equipment became lodged under a low clearance bridge along King of Prussia Road near SEPTA’s Ardmore Regional Rail Station around 8:45 a.m. Friday.
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No word on what caused the crash. No injuries were reported.
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Amtrak stopped service in the area until the bridge could be inspected, Amtrak said. Crews quickly inspected the bridge and got trains running again (with some delays) after less than an hour.
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The incident caused 30 minute delays on SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale line, the transit agency said. Trains operated on or close to schedule by 11:30 a.m.
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Just Thursday, Amtrak announced plans to improve its service at New York Penn Station where commuters have dealt with painful commutes for the past few weeks.
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