Man Struck By Train in Lansdale

A 29-year-old white male skateboarder attempted to hoist himself up on the eastside platform, when he was hit and drug under the train. Police said he was conscious and alert and injuries were not life threatening

UPDATE 7:00 p.m.

Police said a 29-year-old man was injured while crossing the tracks in front of an inbound SEPTA train on the eastside platform.

Witnesses reported the man scaled a fence separating the SEPTA property along Walnut Street and began walking in a perpendicular direction toward the tracks, police said.

The conducter sounded the train's horn, but the male never stopped walking, police said.

The conducter attempted an emergency stop, police said. The male threw a skateboard he was carrying up onto the train platform, police said.

Witnesses said the male appeared to begin to hoist himself onto the platform when he was struck by the left front of the lead train car, police said.

The male was thrown to the ground and under the train, police said. The train continued to come to an emergency stop.

The male suffered visible injuries to his head and ankle, police said, and did not appear life-threatening.

At 3:49 p.m., Lansdale Police and Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale were called to the station, police said.

On arrival, police found the male under the train, but was conscious and alert, police said.

He was treated by VMSC and transported via PennStar to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said.

UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: According to WFMZ reports, the accident occured before 4 p.m. today. Eyewitness reports show that train service, however, has since resumed at the Lansdale station and only one track has been shut down for the investigation.

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: Witnesses at the scene report that the station was delayed for approximately 20 minutes as emergency crews worked to assit a white male, in his 20s.

The male was standing on the train station's platform. Eye-witnesses report that he seemed not to hear the train blow its horn to alert a departure. The man was then struck and dragged under the train.

The unidentified male was transported via to an awaiting Penn Star medivac. He was reportedly alert and conscious according to authorities.

Police report at this time, they do not believe it is related to . This was the second incident today, according to BNN reports.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: At this time, traffic is being permitted to use the Main Street area of the accident. No Lansdale traffic is delayed, accoridng to reports from the scene.

A second train has arrived at the SEPTA station to pick up passengers in the area.

The original post is below:

Early reports, according to Breaking News Network (BNN), show that units in the area of Lansdale are being dispatched to the scene of 101 W. Main St. The call has been made for a person struck by a train along the tracks.

Penn Star medical helicopter has been requested.

A Patch reporter is en route to the scene, and more updates will be posted as they are made available.

Eric W September 13, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Damn. I wonder if he was trying a new kind of skateboard trick or something.
J. T. September 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM
>> A Patch reporter is en route to the scene... = "... hit and drug under the train." Drug under? Really? JT
Mommy September 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Witnesses said that he didn't even seem to hear or see the oncoming train!? Possibly he had headphones on loud enough to block out a train horn... obv wasn't paying attention at all. Dude is lucky he is alive!
Bob June 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Under the influence of a drug, caused him to be drug under a train.


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