Pedestrian Killed By Train Near Langhorne Station

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a SEPTA train on New Year's Day.

A pedestrian, possibly a teenage boy, was struck and killed just south of the Langhorne Train Station in Middletown on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The victim was struck by a train headed from Center City to Trenton just before 2:30 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

Middletown police along with SEPTA transit officers are investigating the death, officials told Patch. Much of the afternoon's police activity was focused on the tracks in the area of Hulmeville Avenue.

Due to limited holiday train runs, no service was suspended along the West Trenton Line, Busch said.

The regional rails train was transporting about 60 people at the time of the incident, all passengers were unharmed.

Busch noted the victim was the first death reported on the SEPTA system in 2013. He said the transportation agency usually sees about a dozen people killed on rail lines throughout the year.

A 46-year-old was struck and killed by a train in Bristol Borough in mid-December. In June 2011, a 22-year-old man was killed when a train hit him less than half-a-mile from Tuesday's incident.


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John Trimble. Jr January 02, 2013 at 02:41 PM
RIP Trevor tell your dad and my brother Jason I said hi and miss them I'm sure there chillin together gettin in trouble together
erik z January 02, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Hey Jenny, how do you expect a train conductor to STOP A TRAIN if someone jumps in front of it? Why screw septa? Screw the kid for committing suicide instead of seeking help. Screw the kids parents for not seeing their kid is a problem and needs to be supervised more. Screw you for blaming everyone else instead of blaming the problem: the kid.
Tom Sofield January 02, 2013 at 03:09 PM
An interesting 2011 article from Hatboro-Horsham Patch about what SEPTA is doing to try to save lives on the tracks - http://horsham.patch.com/articles/septa-hopes-to-educate-enforce-no-trespassing-following-third-train-track-incident
Brian January 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Erik, you are right...it is not Septa's fault, however, you are wrong for saying 'screw the kid' come on now.....sometimes people don't open up to talk about their inner demons and unfortunately don't want to live anymore. It's a shame when someone hides their pain inside and no one knows to help them.
Tom Sofield January 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Victim has been ID'd as a 16-year-old Neshaminy High School student. The incident has been ruled an accident. Read more: http://patch.com/A-0KVp


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