- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials say a woman is lucky to be alive after falling onto the tracks at a south Philadelphia subway platform and coming into contact with the electrified third rail.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials said it happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Broad Street subway’s Ellsworth-Federal station.

The woman fell onto the northbound track and her right leg touched the third rail, sending up to 600 volts of electricity through her body. She suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in serious condition.

SEPTA Transit Police Capt. Thomas Nestle said coming in contact with the electrified third rail is typically fatal.

He said the woman’s alive because of the immediate response of witnesses who reported her fall and of SEPTA workers who cut power to the rail and notified rescuers.

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