Market Frankfurt Line Collision at 69th Street Terminal

This morning shortly after 8am, 37-1 and UD-11 were dispatched to the 69th St terminal for a train accident involving 2 Market Frankford El trains.


UD-11 (Acting Chief B. Boyce) added SQ36 to the assignment. While responding, fire board advised they were receiving reports of entrapment and Rescue 26 was also added to the response.


Crews arrived on location and discovered upon initial size up that there were 3 trains involved. Crews assisted with patient care for the 3 train operators and 4th patient.


Thankfully the trains were in an area between dropping off and picking up riders so there were only 2 riders aboard. Crews preformed an initial search and secondary searches of all the train cars, inside, underside and surrounding areas to ensure there were no other civilians injured.


T-74 also responded and Deputy Chief P. Huf had Market St Command.


Also on scene we're Delaware County Paramedics, Mercy Fitzgerald Paramedics, ambulances from Radnor Fire Co., Lansdowne Fire Co., Darby Fire Co. and Narberth Ambulance.


While crews remained on scene, Llanerch, Darby, Lansdowne and Clifton Heights provided coverage for 26, 37, 36 and 74's locals.


Thanks to all companies that assisted on scene, covered the township and we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge SEPTA rail management, SEPTA Police, Upper Darby and Millbourne Police and Delaware County Emergency Communications and the dispatcher for the incident, Mike Galli.


As crews were clearing from the train crash, the building fire assignment was dispatched to 1600 Garrett Rd, F building. Crews from 37, 74, 36, 74, 20 and 103 responded and located an electrical room fire. Power was secured and after the fire was contained, it was turned back over to property management.

- article by:  

Firefighter/EMT Ken Collins