Southeastern PA

Report: Operator says he tried to stop train before crash

Slippery rails blamed for mishap that injured 43

PHILADELPHIA - Investigators said the operator of a one-car commuter train that crashed into a parked train at a station outside Philadelphia last month told them he tried to stop the vehicle but was unable to do so.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Tuesday that the operator had reported slippery rail conditions that caused his Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train to miss an earlier station.

The Norristown High Speed train crashed into the unoccupied train car at SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Delaware County, on August 22. The crash sent the operator and 42 passengers to hospitals.

The operator slid past the platform at the Gulph Mills station, near the other end of the line, and reported slippery rails, but SEPTA officials said it received no other such reports.

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