A fight on Thursday between two individuals at a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train station in University City led to a man being pushed onto train tracks and killed by a moving subway train.
According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, the fight took place on the Market-Frankford subway platform at roughly 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Video footage of the event shows two men engaging in an argument and physical altercation before one of the individuals punched the other man twice, resulting in the man falling off the subway platform and onto the train tracks. The video footage also shows the man being run over by a moving train just a few seconds later.
“Looked like appeared to be some type of physical altercation,” Philadelphia Police Inspector Kpana Massaquoi told NBC 10. “We don’t know exactly what took place prior to that to initiate this, but it’s being investigated at this point.”
Police also told NBC 10 that the other individual involved in the fight was arrested at the next subway station stop, which is located at 40th Street.
According to NBC 10, the 34th Street Station was temporarily shut down Thursday afternoon following the incident. Transportation between 30th and 40th streets was rerouted while the subway remained closed.
“It’s kind of scary that that kind of thing is happening around here,” Jacob Davidson, a SEPTA passenger, told NBC 10. “I thought it was pretty safe but I guess it’s pretty out of the ordinary for that to happen.”
NBC 10 reported that Thursday’s incident is currently under investigation by SEPTA Police. Additionally, according to NBC 10, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office charged 40-year-old Chaz Wearing Friday with involuntary manslaughter. NBC 10 Philadelphia reported that investigators believe Wearing is homeless.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Wearing is on bench warrant status in Delaware Country due to an unrelated case involving a strangulation incident. Wearing also has a criminal history in both Lycoming and Clinton Counties.
Graphic footage of Thursday’s incident can be seen below: