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December 23, 2015

Police: SEPTA trolley crashes with stolen SUV, dozens injured

Transit authority officials say 26 passengers, trolley driver hospitalized

Crashes SEPTA
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Chief Thomas J. Nestel III, of the SEPTA police, tweeted this photo of a crash between an SUV and a SEPTA trolley in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia on Dec. 23, 2015.

Dozens of people were injured Wednesday morning when a SEPTA trolley and SUV crashed head-on in Kingsessing, NBC10 reports.

The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. at 49th Street and Grays Avenue.

An SUV with two people in it collided with a Route 36 trolley carrying 26 passengers. SEPTA says all 26 passengers on the trolley and its driver were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

6ABC reports that according to police, the vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson, was stolen. The men in the SUV reportedly attempted to make a right turn onto Grays Avenue when they collided with the trolley.

One of the men was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted, authorities said. They were both taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition, according to police.

Shuttle buses were used from 49th and Woodland to the Eastwick Loop to get passengers around the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.