Man killed by train

April 1, 2005 at 6:45 pm (Philly)

Warren "Butch" Smith, 54, of Devon, was killed about 6 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit by a train while walking with a friend on railroad tracks near the Devon Station.

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The last similar fatality occurred March 8 in Bridesburg, when a man was struck by an R7 train, (a SEPTA spokesman) said.

The
last similar fatality was three weeks ago? It seems that I read about
this stuff all the time. I used to attribute it to a combination of
crackheads on the tracks and an incompetent union labor force, but now
I am starting to suspect something more. I am accusing SEPTA (Slowing
Every Passenger's Trip, Always) of attempting to kill off its
ridership. You see, having the highest fares and slowest trains of any
major transit agency in the nation isn't enough to deter people from
riding. Despite TWU local 234 and management's sincere attempts to
alienate every customer, ridership has actually increased in the last
several years. Well, if you can't beat 'em, destroy them. They should
change the agency's slogan from "we're getting there" to "we'll get
there eventually, and if you're lucky so will you."
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