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May 24, 2016

Police: Man fatally struck by SEPTA subway after falling onto tracks

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SEPTA Train Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

A SEPTA train.

Service on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line was restored late Tuesday afternoon from 30th Street Station to Spring Garden Station after a man was fatally struck by a subway. 

According to SEPTA officials, the incident occurred just before 5 p.m. between the subway stations at 11th and 13th streets. Police said the victim was a 55-year-old man who fell onto the tracks. He was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m. as investigators held the scene and SEPTA suspended service. 

Officials told NBC10 the victim was a tourist from Texas who leaned out to watch the train after visiting the Liberty Bell. His wife and a SEPTA cashier reportedly witnessed the accident. 

During rush hour, SEPTA commuters were advised to use shuttle buses operating in both directions between 30th Street and Spring Garden. Outside City Hall, a large crowd could be seen trying to pack onto the buses. 

SEPTA also said trolleys will not be stopping at 13th Street Station.