500 commuters rescued from train stuck outside Philadelphia

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Columbus CEO

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 500 passengers have been rescued from a disabled Philadelphia-area commuter train after an hour and a half without power or heat.

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman says overhead wires supplying power to the Warminster Line fell on the train at 8:12 a.m. Thursday just south of the Roslyn station, about 12 miles north of Philadelphia.

Passenger Sean Flanagan says the rescue train picked up the riders and left for downtown at around 9:50 a.m. He says people took the delay in stride at first but grew annoyed the longer it lasted.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern says the agency couldn't send in a rescue train until repair crews made sure the downed wires were grounded and didn't pose an electrocution risk.

Service remains suspended between Warminster and Glenside.