10 injured in Center City underground accident

July 22, 2008 4:00:34 PM PDT
Three SEPTA trolleys crashed underground this afternoon, near Philadelphia City Hall. At least ten people are injured, including three SEPTA trolley operators and a child. The scene at 13th and Market was chaotic as a slew of rescue teams rushed in to remove injured passengers and trolley operators.

SEPTA spokesman Francis Kelly told reporters, "Seven passengers were on the one trolley - all taken to the hospital. According to Medic 1, all injuries are minor."

It happened at about 3:45. That's when the Rout 13 and Route 36 Green Line trolleys were sitting idle after unloading passengers. Only operators were onboard when the Route 13 trolley that was coming to the station crashed into the two trolleys.

The three SEPTA trolley operators were injured and had to be transported to hospitals.

Kelly could not immediately confirm or deny if the brakes failed on the trolley, nor could he confirm the speed of the incoming trolley. He told Action News, "It's still under investigation. There was no derailment involved here. Nobody came off the tracks. Let's say a minor banging incident of the trolley in front."

The Green Line was shut down for more than an hour at 13th and Markets Streets. Commuters were being diverted to 40th and Market to catch the trolleys there.

It is the second incident in as many days on SEPTA's Green Line.

Yesterday a fire broke out in a tunnel at 37th and Sansom. The tunnel had to be evacuated after eight passengers suffered smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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