An investigation is underway after a man was found dead on top of a SEPTA train in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.
A graffiti artist, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 he was waiting for a Market-Frankford El train late Monday morning when he noticed what he believed to be a shadow on top of the train. The man said he then got on the train which stopped near Girard Station around 11:55 a.m.
The graffiti artist told NBC10 he then climbed on top of the train when he discovered the body of an unidentified man.
“He was up there for probably a couple hours,” the graffiti artist said. “I was screaming. Me and my friend, he didn’t believe me. I’m like, ‘Yo, there’s really a body up here bro.’ Everybody ran up on top. They looked down. Everybody saw him.”
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The graffiti artist said police arrived at the scene and took him into custody for questioning. He was later released.
Police said the victim is a man in his 20’s. They are investigating the possibility that the victim was a thrill-seeker though they have not confirmed this. An autopsy has not yet been performed.
The Market-Frankford line was shut down for two hours during the investigation. SEPTA police are asking anyone with information on the incident to reach out to them.