Pedestrian Killed By Train Near Langhorne Station

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a SEPTA train on New Year's Day.

A pedestrian, possibly a teenage boy, was struck and killed just south of the Langhorne Train Station in Middletown on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The victim was struck by a train headed from Center City to Trenton just before 2:30 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

Middletown police along with SEPTA transit officers are investigating the death, officials told Patch. Much of the afternoon's police activity was focused on the tracks in the area of Hulmeville Avenue.

Due to limited holiday train runs, no service was suspended along the West Trenton Line, Busch said.

The regional rails train was transporting about 60 people at the time of the incident, all passengers were unharmed.

Busch noted the victim was the first death reported on the SEPTA system in 2013. He said the transportation agency usually sees about a dozen people killed on rail lines throughout the year.

A 46-year-old was struck and killed by a train in Bristol Borough in mid-December. In June 2011, a 22-year-old man was killed when a train hit him less than half-a-mile from Tuesday's incident.


  • Incident Believed to be Suicide on SEPTA Train Tracks
Bill January 02, 2013 at 12:45 AM
What ever happened with the story about the one near neshaminy? They couldn't find the body ? But the driver watched himself hit someone wearing a winter jacket.
Tom Sofield January 02, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Bill: Details on that incident have been sketchy. Last I heard, police did not believe a person had been struck. Firefighters searched about a 2 mile stretch of the tracks and found no one. There was also one report that said a police chopper with a thermal camera was brought in and found nothing.
Jenny January 02, 2013 at 02:34 AM
My train was delayed for about an hour while I was @ Langhorne Station. I was informed by a Septa train conducter that an individual jumped in front of the train to commit suicide. Suicide or not, my heart & prayers go out to the family & friends of the victim. I'm also very concerned that it may have been a friend of mine or somebody I know. Thank you Septa for letting something that tragic & fatal to happen on such a remarkable holiday... Great way to start off the first day of 2013... Most of you train conductors need to be retrained in your department. Screw Septa for this tragic loss. This happens way too often & Septa should be more aware of this type of situation considering all of the deaths due to Septa's operators. God bless the family for the loss of their loved one... I pray to God that if it was a suicide, being the Catholic I am, that God understands the victims situation & hopefully looks past the sin, if it really was a suicide, & holds a spot in Heaven for the victim. God bless & Rest In Peace...
Savanah sweet January 02, 2013 at 03:45 AM
When I first heard about this I couldn't believe it. My own brother was killed by the train. Then hearing there's an article on google? I was balling my eyes out, it's just too real. I just want him to come home Rip. my brother trevor mar 21st 1996- jan 2nd 2013
gina l January 02, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I believe this was the Neshaminy student. Its so sad. He was a junior. God bless him and his family
tom b January 02, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Tom B.As a 32 year retired SEPTA employee I do feel sorry for the lost. But 1)you can not blame the engineer for the young man death2)SEPTA works hard to remain people to stay off RR property.3)If he did not hear the train horn look is heady to blame.
John Trimble. Jr January 02, 2013 at 02:41 PM
RIP Trevor tell your dad and my brother Jason I said hi and miss them I'm sure there chillin together gettin in trouble together
erik z January 02, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Hey Jenny, how do you expect a train conductor to STOP A TRAIN if someone jumps in front of it? Why screw septa? Screw the kid for committing suicide instead of seeking help. Screw the kids parents for not seeing their kid is a problem and needs to be supervised more. Screw you for blaming everyone else instead of blaming the problem: the kid.
Tom Sofield January 02, 2013 at 03:09 PM
An interesting 2011 article from Hatboro-Horsham Patch about what SEPTA is doing to try to save lives on the tracks - http://horsham.patch.com/articles/septa-hopes-to-educate-enforce-no-trespassing-following-third-train-track-incident
Brian January 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Erik, you are right...it is not Septa's fault, however, you are wrong for saying 'screw the kid' come on now.....sometimes people don't open up to talk about their inner demons and unfortunately don't want to live anymore. It's a shame when someone hides their pain inside and no one knows to help them.
Tom Sofield January 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Victim has been ID'd as a 16-year-old Neshaminy High School student. The incident has been ruled an accident. Read more: http://patch.com/A-0KVp


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