- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A witness says a 2-year-old broke free from his mother’s grip before he was struck and killed by a trolley in Philadelphia.

Vincent Hall Sr. says he saw the child break free and run across the street while walking near an intersection in west Philadelphia. Witnesses tell WPVI-TV the trolley driver honked his horn and tried to stop before the toddler was pinned under the trolley car.

Police confirmed the boy was hit by a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trolley.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams says trolley drivers cannot swerve to avoid someone because the cars run on tracks.

She offered condolences to the boy’s family and said SEPTA will investigate.

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