NTSB report says conductor in 2017 SEPTA train collusion was speeding, lost awareness

Ian Bush
September 06, 2018 - 7:12 pm
The site of the accident in which a train on the Market-Frankford Line collided with a set of stopped train cars.

Upper Darby Police Department

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the man operating a SEPTA train that collided with another early last year in Upper Darby was going too fast and lost awareness before the crash.

That's the probable cause revealed by the NTSB in the incident at 69th Street Station. 

The report details how Train 57 on the Market-Frankford Line struck a stopped set of cars on a turnaround loop track. Another El train was hit by the resulting derailment.

Federal investigators say the operator of 57 "failed to control the speed of his train" with an on-board data recorder, showing it was about 4 miles per hour above the posted 10-mile-per-hour speed limit.

Four people were hurt in that February 2017 collision, which caused $1.6 million in damages to SEPTA equipment.