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Person killed by SEPTA train near Philmont Station

A man was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning.

The incident happened north of the Philmont Station on the West Trenton Line shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to SEPTA.

The 56-year-old man was struck by an outbound train, SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said. The man's name was not released.

Geiger said authorities are still investigating whether the incident was an accident or the man intentionally stepped in front of the train.

The man is the ninth person to be fatally struck by a SEPTA train this year, Geiger said. In 2012, a total of 12 people were struck and killed by trains in the transit system.

The West Trenton Line experienced delays for several hours after the man was hit, and the transit agency was warning riders to expect delays of up to an hour. By 10:45 a.m., SEPTA said service was operating on or close to schedule. Commuters can check or for updates.