Philadelphia Railroad Worker Killed by Train

A Philadelphia railroad worker was struck and killed by a commuter train, Nov. 5, 2009. According to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) spokesman, Richard Maloney, the 34-year-old railroad worker, Kevin Sparks, was hit at 8:35 a.m. The train was packed with more than 625 passengers, who were all stranded as a result of the accident.

According to reports, the train was running on different tracks than normal due to problems with another train. A southbound train hit Sparks from behind as he was walking on northbound tracks. Sparks was an inspector and flagman for the railroad company. He died on the scene.

According to reports, the railroad accident occurred on day three of a transit strike, causing several hundreds of passengers to be stranded for hours. SEPTA buses usually arrive on the scene of an accident to transport stranded passengers to their destinations. However, due to the strike, some 5,000 bus, subway and trolley drivers were nowhere to be found.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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