500 passengers stuck on suburban Philadelphia commuter train after overhead wires fall

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About 500 passengers have been stranded without power or heat on a disabled suburban Philadelphia commuter train for more than an hour and a half.

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman says overhead electrical wires fell on the Warminster Line train at 8:12 a.m. Thursday, about 12 miles north of Philadelphia.

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Spokeswoman Heather Redfern says repair crews are working to make sure the wires are grounded before passengers can be rescued.

Redfern says the agency is considering dispatching a rescue train, hooking up a diesel engine to pull the disabled train into Philadelphia or loading passengers onto buses.

Passengers say via Twitter the train lost main power after something blew overhead. Riders were taking the delay in stride at first but grew annoyed the longer it lasted.