CENTER CITY (WPVI) —
Police have identified the burned body found atop a rail car on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail line.
Fifteen-year-old Raekwon Jones of the 5100 block of Funston Street, was spotted around 7:50 a.m. Friday as the eastbound train pulled into Jefferson Station, located beneath East Market Street between 10th and 12th streets.
SEPTA Police officers arrived and found the charred body on top of one of the rail cars near the train’s power lines.
Police said the teen suffered severe burns all over his body.
His clothing and belongings were also severely burned.
The train’s power was shut down, and rescue crews arrived. They pronounced Jones dead and removed his remains.
Septa spent the morning reviewing surveillance footage on the tracks to piece together the details about how and when this happened, but have not yet discovered where Jones got on top of the train or why.
Philadelphia Police have taken over the investigation and said the body was “laying on the rear portion of the train near the train power lines.” And said, “The male has severe burns all over his face and body…”
Septa sources told Action News that Jones was killed instantly. The high voltage wires above the trains emit 11,000 volts of electricity that can kill someone without even being touched.
The Chestnut Hill East line was shut down for well over an hour.
Residual delays of up to 30 minutes on the rail line were reported into the early afternoon.
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