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A train crash in Pennsylvania injured 42 people


Forty-two people were injured early Tuesday when an incoming high-speed train collided with an unoccupied train car in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the township’s mayor told CNN.

Thomas Micozzie (R) told local media during a news conference that morning near the crash site that four people, including the train’s conductor, had been taken to area hospitals.

Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), told CNN that the incident occurred about 12:15 a.m. local time Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, she added, and is currently under investigation.

SEPTA officials told NBC 10 that none of the injuries are life-threatening, although four of the victims are currently in critical condition.

Three of the wounded were reportedly taken to the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood while the conductor was moved elsewhere.

SEPTA said the conductor was treated and later released at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

The other victims were either treated at the scene or relocated to other area hospitals including Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill and Springfield Hospital in Springfield.

NBC 10 said it is unclear how fast the train was moving before Tuesday’s impact, but passengers aboard described a violent collision.

“My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out,” a passenger who would only identify themselves as Ronnie said.

“There was blood everywhere,” they added. “The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad.”

Micozzie said he’s concerned about safety at the 69th Street Terminal and plans to call Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) Tuesday about the matter.

The mayor added he wants to discuss installing a speed reduction system called Positive Train Control with Brady.

The system can automatically slow or stop a train that exceeds a set speed limit, according to NBC 10.

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