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Woman Fell Onto Broad St. Subway Tracks Before Being Hit By Train

(A Philadelphia police officer stands guard outside a Broad Street subway entrance that was shut down by a fatal accident.  Credit: CBS3)

(A Philadelphia police officer stands guard outside a Broad Street subway entrance that was shut down by a fatal accident. Credit: CBS3)

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By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA officials say the woman who was killed early this morning in a Broad Street Subway station accidentally walked off the train platform and fell onto the tracks.

Investigators say the 30-year old South Philadelphia woman was electrocuted when she touched the third rail at 2:19am, then was struck by a northbound train at the Lombard-South station (see previous story).

A SEPTA spokeswoman says surveillance video shows the woman entering the Lombard-South Station about two hours after service had ended for the day.

The investigation is now being handled by the accident investigation division (“AID”) of the Philadelphia Police Department and by SEPTA’s transit police and system safety departments. Sources indicated the woman appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs before her death.

SEPTA said it had no plans to release the video of the accident.

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