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Norristown High Speed Line Crash
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HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – A 29-year-old Haverford Township man is facing a laundry list of charges after police say he left his car on the tracks of SEPTA’s Route-100 Norristown High Speed Line early Thursday morning.

There are no roads that cross the High Speed Line’s tracks, but Haverford Township Police Deputy Jim Viola says the man got stuck on the tracks after he took a wrong turn onto a SEPTA access road off Karakung Drive near Beechwood Drive.

“He got disoriented, made a turn and ended up at the top of the hill there. When he realized it wasn’t a road that went anywhere, he tried to turn around and when he turned around, he got hung up on the tracks.”

Viola says the driver tried to call SEPTA, and then tried calling a tow truck, but he never tried calling police. Along with driving under the influence, the driver is charged with 26 counts of reckless endangerment.

Twenty-six passengers were onboard the trolley at the time of the crash. According to a SEPTA spokesperson, 24 of them are being treated for minor injuries. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Service on the Norristown High Speed Line has since returned to normal.

Reported by Jim Melwert and Al Novack, KYW Newsradio 1060

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