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Who left SUV on train tracks, causing crash in Pa.?

This SUV was struck by a commuter train after the car was left abandoned on tracks in Neshaminy Falls, Pa., on Friday, April 25, 2014 CBS Philly

BENSALEM, Pa. - A suburban Philadelphia commuter train plowed into an SUV that was left abandoned on the tracks Friday, and now authorities are trying to determine why someone left the car there and why no one dialed 911 to warn of the hazard, reports CBS Philly.

The collision took place on the tracks near Neshaminy Falls station in Feasterville-Trevose, Pa.

Bensalem Public Safety Director says it was a "miracle" that no one was hurt and there was no fire or derailment when the train, loaded with scores of rush-hour riders, struck the abandoned vehicle, pushing it 120 feet down the tracks.

 


"It could have been catastrophic, so we are treating it like it was catastrophic," said Police Chief Tom Nestel of SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Nestel said in addition to determining why someone left the SUV on the tracks, investigators are trying to determine why no one called 911 to report it.

Nestel pointed out that the crash did not happen at a grade crossing, but rather at the end of a twisting path through woods often used by ATV drivers.

Investigators say they have determined who owns the SUV and are trying to find the person. Anyone with information is asked to call SEPTA Police at 215-580-8111.

  • Crimesider Staff

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