SEPTA bus crashes into Torresdale home, kills 1

A 52-year-old man was killed and others injured when an out-of-control SEPTA bus crashed through their yard.

One is dead and others injured after a SEPTA bus lost control in Torresdale, running a red light and crashing into a home.

On July 5 at 5:54 p.m., police said the bus was traveling east on Morrell Avenue and ran a red light at a T intersection with Frankford Avenue. It crashed into the lawn of 9875 Frankford Ave., where people were in the lawn swimming in a kiddie pool.

Two people were in the pool at the time. One pedestrian, a 28-year-old man, was struck as he was jumping out of the pool. The deceased, 52-year-old James Robert Derbyshire, was unable to avoid the vehicle and was killed.

A third pedestrian, a 20-year-old woman, was standing next to the pool and was also struck. Both surviving pedestrians were transported to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital with injuries. NBC 10 reported they had to be rescued from under a fence.

The bus hit the home before coming to a stop. NBC 10 reported that it caused a hole in the wall that went into its basement.

Police said after the bus ran the red light at the intersection, it crashed into two vehicles that were traveling along Frankford Avenue with the green light. The drivers, a 54-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, were transported to Jefferson Torresdale with minor injuries.

The bus was occupied by 15 passengers and the driver. The driver and two of the passengers were transported to Jefferson Torresdale. ••