A SEPTA train fatally struck a Texas tourist who fell onto the tracks and was killed after having just visited the Liberty Bell.
Woodrow Jackson, 55, who was visiting Philadelphia with his wife, was hit by a Market-Frankford line train at the 13th Street Station around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, NBC10 reported. After the incident, Jackson’s wife went into shock and was hospitalized.
“He leaned over from the platform looking down the tunnel to see if the train was coming, and that is when he fell onto the track and within seconds a westbound train struck him,” Chief Inspector Scott Small was quoted by Fox29. Minutes after being hit, Jackson was pronounced dead.
The subsequent SEPTA delays caused evening rush-hour commuters to spill into the streets of Center City, Fox29 added.
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“In a blink of an eye, I heard a lady scream. I said, ‘Oh, somebody fell.’ She was hollering, saying, ‘It was my husband,'” Wayne Bullard, who was near the scene, said to6ABC.
Service has since been restored on the Market-Frankford line, but trains were still bypassing the stop at 13thStreet, according to NBC10. Trolleys were also bypassing 13th Street.
SEPTA was reviewing surveillance footage of the incident to help understand exactly how it happened, 6ABC added.