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June 21, 2015

Service restored after car struck by SEPTA train in Delaware County; elderly driver injured

Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line suspended

Septa Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

This image shows a SEPTA train.

A car that became stuck on the tracks at SEPTA's Wallingford Station on Sunday afternoon was struck by a train, prompting a temporary suspension of service on SEPTA's Media/Elwyn line.

According to NBC 10, the car became stuck for an unknown reason just before it was hit around 3 p.m., SEPTA officials said.

The driver of the car, a man in his early nineties, was then trapped inside SUV with critical injuries until firefighters were able to cut off the door and extricate him from the wreckage. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center, according to Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain. 

Only one neck injury was reported among the train's approximately 20 passengers, who were taken back to the station and transported to their destinations by shuttle bus, a spokesperson said.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.