Delaware County

Freight Train Strikes Child Behind Delaware County Hotel

A child was struck by a freight train in Tinicum Township Friday evening, police said.

The incident happened around 5:45 p.m. at 76 Industrial Highway near the Clarion Hotel. The hotel is just south of Philadelphia International Airport.

Tinicum police Sgt. James Simpkins said the 8-year-old resident had a leg run over by the freight train between Wanamaker Avenue and the Darby Creek Bridge.

The child was taken to nearby Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The injuries were described as serious, but the child's condition was not immediately known.

A neighbor said kids sometimes play by the tracks and another man pointed out a piece of missing fence around a neighborhood skate park that can be used to gain access to the rail lines.

Freight train operator Conrail's police department is investigating, Simpkins said.

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