A man fleeing Philadelphia police officers wound up dead after escaping into SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway Wednesday night.
The incident began with officers trying to arrest the unidentified 25-year-old man on a narcotics violation near North Broad Street and Olney Avenue, Philadelphia police said.
The man broke free from the 35th District officers and darted down to the subway tracks, investigators said.
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While on the tracks, the man touched the electrified third rail around 8:30 p.m. and was electrocuted, police said.
SEPTA delayed Broad Street Line trains around the scene, and stopped service to and from the Fern Rock Station, as the tracks were de-energized. Medics then recovered the man’s body, police said.
Regular subway service resumed shortly before midnight, SEPTA said.