PHILADELPHIA

Trapped under train

A 37-year-old Michigan man was critically injured when he was trapped under a PATCO train at the 8th and Market street station about 5 a.m. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Crash kills two

A one-car crash on Roosevelt Boulevard early Saturday in Rhawnhurst killed two men, police said. Rasheed Balknight, 22, was driving his 1998 Buick Regal south near Holme Avenue when it struck a streetlight, police said. Balknight, of Yelland Street near Schuyler, died there. His 22-year-old passenger, whose identity had not been released, died later at Aria Health's Torresdale hospital, police said.

Cop, civilian injured

A three-car crash in West Philadelphia yesterday morning landed one police officer and one civilian in the hospital, police said.

The officer was traveling west on Baltimore Avenue near 49th Street when an unidentified car going east on Baltimore drove into the officer's path, causing him to swerve and hit a 2000 BMW and an unoccupied 1994 Dodge Dakota truck, police said. The officer and a passenger in the BMW were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where they were in stable condition.

Man rescued from fire

Firefighters rescued a man from the second floor of a burning Germantown rowhouse early yesterday, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said last night.

Authorities were called at 2:25 a.m. to Baynton Street near Chelten Avenue and found thick, black smoke coming from the property's second floor.

Firefighters battled the blaze and rescued an unidentified man in his 50s, he said. The man was taken in critical condition to Albert Einstein Medical Center, Ayers said.

The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating, but it appeared "there may have been squatting going on," Ayers said.

NEW JERSEY

Deadly crash a DUI?

Authorities say Jean McCarthy, 71, who was being driven home by her husband, Ed, after she was involved in a minor auto accident, was killed when their pickup truck was struck head-on by a van Saturday in Toms River.

Police said Ed McCarthy was hospitalized and remained in serious condition yesterday.

Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the van's driver, Abel Hernandez, 28, of Lakewood, ran away but was soon captured nearby. He faces numerous charges, including death by auto and DUI. Jean McCarthy was not injured in the earlier accident, which happened not far from the fatal crash scene.

- Staff and wire reports