According to a witness, a SEPTA 15 trolley was just exiting a loop and it hit a car head on. The impact was immense that driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene.
This is a developing story as the police is currently investigating the collision.
Manuel McDonnell Smith, spokesperson of SEPTA confirmed that a female driver died after her car collided with Route 15 trolley Thursday afternoon in the Fishtown section of the city.
The trolley was exiting from the Delaware loop along Delaware Avenue near Casino Sugar House when it collided head on with the victims car.
The SEPTA trolley had six passengers on board at the time of the accident.?Aside from the driver of the car who expired, all the passengers of the bus sustained back and shoulder injuries.
Route 15 was operating between the 26th, Girard and the Delaware loop. This is regular trolley service passing the 26th, Girard Avenue including the Terminus of? the West Philadelphia at the Girard Ave. and the 63rd.
The operator of the car was a 35-year-old woman from Lansdowne, Delaware County who was pronounced dead on the scene when her car collided head on with the SEPTA trolley at the intersection of Delaware Ave. and Frankford Ave. in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
The view from a new helicopter showed that the car had major front-end damage as it was lodged under one end of the trolley.
Larry O’Brien, a witness who saw the entire incident said that the crash sounded like a loud explosion. He said that the driver was driving towards Frankford Avenue and it was a closed-off street, She must have seen the approaching trolley and it seemed that she tried to go around the bus but she was actually coming near went the trolley at full speed.
O’Brien said he immediately ran to the wreck to see if he could help the victim, but it was too late.
SEPTA spokesman Smith said that the trolley was running only about 5 miles per hour but the car was traveling at top speed when the crash occurred. O’Brien concurred that the said the car was running around 20 to 25 miles an hour.
The police are still conducting investigation to probe on the factor causing the crash. They can discover if alcohol is factor in any way using the BAC test. They are also interviewing witnesses who saw the crash to get a better perspective of the mishap.
As of this time, identities of the persons involved in the crash are not given out to the media.
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