A man was fatally struck by a SEPTA trolley Friday afternoon in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia, an agency spokesman said.

Around 4:30 p.m., the victim was hit by a Route 36 trolley at Island Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Busch said the man, who was not indentified, may have been trying to avoid another vehicle in the road and stepped into the trolley. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

- - Bob Moran