September 27, 2017
SEPTA Regional Rail service through Center City has been restored after a disabled train temporarily halted it Wednesday evening.
A SEPTA spokeswoman told PhillyVoice that all but one line had resumed service both to and from the city, but that residual delays would remain. Inbound service on the Media-Elwyn line remained suspended due to unrelated downed wires, she said.
Police Activity has cleared. Train service has resumed through Center City Stations. Please note: Extensive delays at this time.— SEPTA_SOCIAL (@SEPTA_SOCIAL) September 27, 2017
On Twitter, passengers said rumors of a fire aboard a halted Paoli line train headed from Suburban Station to 30th Street Station sparked a panic and a rush to exit the train.
So some of us just jumped off the Paoli Septa train because there was a panic about non-existent fire. pic.twitter.com/DgbVecLHNw— Jeanine Heck (@j9heck) September 27, 2017
I was on this train. Wild stuff. People yelling fire and stampeding through the train. Quite the experience.— Adam M. (@the_brototype) September 27, 2017
A SEPTA spokeswoman told PhillyVoice that some passengers "self-evacuated" the train, which had experienced an equipment problem.
There was no fire on the train and no injuries were reported, according to the spokeswoman, but the SEPTA still evacuated remaining passengers and halted Regional Rail service through the city as a precaution.
Easily 200-300 evacuate people from disabled train got on to our Rescue train. @septa conductors and transit police did a great job 1/2— Christopher Pollard (@CRVanPollard) September 27, 2017
Shortly before 6 p.m., the authority had advised passengers on Twitter that Regional Rail trains headed through the city would be delayed up to 90 minutes and possibly longer.
I'd rather crawl than continue riding SEPTA. I've sat on a train for nearly 2 hours now. We just moved backwards. Fix that before advertisin— Scott K (@dty06) September 27, 2017
Now almost 2 hours late, train finally left suburban but haven't reached 30th yet. Still no announcements also— Lori DeNight (@LoriDeNight) September 27, 2017