Dan Stamm

Man Electrocutes Self on SEPTA Subway Tracks While Fleeing Philly Police

Death on the tracks leaves late-night commuter woes on SEPTA Broad Street Line subway

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.

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.

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