Man electrocuted after falling onto SEPTA train tracks in West Philadelphia

The third rail is what provides electrical power to trains, and is the farthest from the platform, for passenger safety.

Sunday, August 14, 2022
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A man suffered electric shock and severe burns after falling onto SEPTA train tracks and hitting the third rail.

PHILADELPHIA -- A man was shocked and suffered severe burns after falling onto SEPTA train tracks and hitting the third rail.

The third rail is what provides electrical power to trains. It is the farthest from the platform for passenger safety.

First responders were called to the 34th Street Station around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Officials say a man in his 20s fell onto the Market-Frankford Line tracks.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he is listed in extremely critical condition.

It's still unclear what caused the man to fall onto the tracks.