SEPTA crash

Russ Dunchock

Investigation continues after SEPTA crash leaves 1 dead, several injured

It happened shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday at Frankford and Morrell Avenues.

July 05, 2018 - 8:35 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Police continue to investigate after an out-of-control SEPTA bus left one person dead and several others injured in Northeast Philadelphia.

It happened shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday along the 9800 block of Frankford Avenue at Morrell Avenue in the city's Torresdale neighborhood.

"No one's ever going to think a SEPTA bus is going to jump a curb and then drive onto your front lawn, hit you as well as the house," said Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

According to police, three people were in or near a small pool on the front lawn before a bus stuck two vehicles, jumped the curb, continued to acclerate striking multiple pedestrians and finally crashing into the home.

Police say the first victim, identified as 52-year-old James Derbyshire, was struck and killed while inside of the pool at the time of the crash.

The second victim, a 28-year-old man was stuck while attempting to jump out of the pool, according to police.

Officials say, the third victim, a 20-year-old woman, was standing next to the pool was also struck. 

SEPTA bus crash

Investigators say are still trying to determine why the 49-year-old SEPTA driver lost control of the bus, while it was attempting to turn onto Morrell Avenue. 

Two passengers were also said to be injured while onboard the bus, according to officials, but further information on their names or conditions has not been made available at this time.

The Police Accident Investigation Division says they interviewing witnesses, and will be checking out the seven on board exterior and interior cameras on the Route 84 bus.