Suspect electrocuted on Philadelphia rail line after fleeing from police

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Suspect electrocuted on SEPTA rail after fleeing police during arrest
A suspect was electrocuted after fleeing police during an arrest as reported during Action News at 11 on July 24, 2019.

PHILADELPHIA -- A suspect who fled from police during an arrest died after being electrocuted on a Philadelphia subway station third rail.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday at Broad Street and Olney Avenue.

Police say they arrested a 25-year-old man on drug charges, but he broke free and ran into the Broad Street Line subway and came into contact with an electrified third rail.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.