16-Year-Old Struck By SEPTA train in Abington

The 16-year-old boy was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital following an accident near the Ardsley Station in Abington.

Update 5:15 p.m.:

According to Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood, a 16-year-old boy was struck by a SEPTA Warminster Line train about 1,000 feet south of the Ardsley train station in Abington on Wednesday. 

The boy was walking north, in the same direction as outbound trains on what he apparently thought were the inbound-only tracks. He was reportedly wearing headphones and listening to music.

Because of work being done on the rail system, the normal outbound tracks were not being used, and all trains going both directions were using the inbound tracks. The train that struck the boy was outbound and approached him from behind. 

The engineer saw the victim and began to blow the horn, but the youth continued to walk along, either not hearing the horn because of the headphones or hearing it but expecting the train to pass him safely on the outbound track.

The engineer threw the emergency stop brakes and continued to blow the horn but was unable to stop the train before it struck the youth, according to Livingood.

Emergency personnel immediately responded and transported the youth to where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Aaccording to Livingood, the incident appears to be accidental and no one else was injured.


Update 4:45 p.m. Abington Police Sergeant Kelly Warner told Patch that a male "student" was struck by a train. Warner said the boy was alive and transported to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Warner said additional information will be released by police later Wednesday.

Train service appeared to be preparing to resume near the Ardsley station.

Lansdale police said they did not believe there was any connection between this incident and in Lansdale a short time after the Abington accident.

Update 4:08 p.m. A SEPTA train is stopped on the tracks about 1/4 mile to the Philadelphia side of Ardsley Station. Emergency responders are visible on the tracks.

Multiple witnesses at the scene indicated that the victim is a minor but no official information is available.

The site of the reported accident is roughly parallel with the 400 block of Tyson Avenue.

Initial story below

Patch is looking into reports that a teenaged male has been struck by a SEPTA train near Ardsley Station in Abington.

A reporter is en route to the scene. We'll update this article when more information is available.


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