Tuesday, June 08, 2004


For the second time in as many days, a SEPTA Regional Rail train struck and killed a tresspasser in Montgomery County. Today's incident occured along the R2 Warminster branch in Upper Moreland Township between Willow Grove and Hatboro stations. The #4127 was en route to Center City and the Airport when the incident occured at around 10:50am this morning. Daniel Sands, 18, of Hatboro, Montgomery County, was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend, who was not identified, "told investigators that he stepped off the tracks and thought Sands was on the other side of the train, but once the train passed he could see that Sands had been struck, [Upper Moreland Township] police said." Intelligencer

As a follow-up to yesterday's fatal accident on the R5 Lansdale line, Abington Township police ruled that incident a suicide, according to the AP:

Abington police said in a statement that as the train approached, the man suddenly stepped out from a concealed location and stood on the tracks facing the train.

"He made no attempt to move and it was impossible for the train to stop," the statement said. Police said the pedestrian was not carrying identification and authorities sought the public's help in learning who he was. Police said he was Caucasian, 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet-10 to 6 feet tall, with a medium build and dark hair, and was wearing bright red shorts, a gray T-shirt and white sneakers. He didn't have any tattoos, body piercings or other noticeable identifying marks, police said.

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