Paoli-Thorndale regional rail line suspended due to down trees, wires

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Paoli-Thorndale regional rail line suspended due to down trees, wires. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at noon on July 22, 2018. (WPVI)

Those who use SEPTA's Paoli-Thorndale line needed to find an alternative Sunday as service was suspended until late in the afternoon.

Trains were not running on the line for approximately 12 hours after storms caused downed wires.

Witnesses say there was thunder and lightning, then a tree crashed on the wires.

Next, there was a fire.

"It was like the tree was on fire, but we couldn't tell because it was dark if it was the tree or the wires," said Tyrese Harrison.

Luckily, it was raining around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the incident occurred, and the flames went out.

However, it has created quite a headache for commuters and work crews this morning.

While the clean up takes place, the Paoli-Thorndale regional rail line was shut down.

Service resumed around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

For Amtrak customers, there's been some relief.

One of the lines through the area is open, and a diesel train is being used on a limited basis.

But trees didn't come down just in Ardmore.

In University City, a near tragedy.

A tree crashed right in front of a taxi at Spruce and 44th Streets.

Luckily, there's been no reports of any injuries. Just a lot of damage.

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