SWARTHMORE — The death of a teenage girl Monday morning by a SEPTA train near the borough train station has been ruled a suicide.
County Spokeswoman Adrienne Marofsky confirmed Wednesday that the county medical examiner found the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries with suicide recorded as the manner of death.
The 16-year-old girl was struck around 7 a.m. Monday by an in-bound train on SEPTA's Media-Elwyn line. The incident reportedly occurred heading toward Morton. Service was suspended on the line after the accident for at least an hour and normal operations resumed with delays later that morning.
SEPTA officials Monday had ruled out foul play in the fatal incident as an investigation was launched.
The teenager was a student at Strath Haven High School. Wallingford-Swarthmore Schools Superintendent Lisa Palmer released a statement to the school community Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that I share that one of our high school students has died. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends,” read a portion of the statement.
Strath Haven High and Middle schools will be staffed with counselors, psychologists and other personnel for grieving students and staff. Palmer included in her message a link to mental health and grieving resources outside of the school district.
Even though suicide was not immediately determined to be the manner of death in Monday's fatality, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the transit authority in September kicked off a major suicide prevention effort to help highlight at-risk behaviors and draw attention to resources. Suicide prevention signs are posted on all SEPTA rail stations.
According to Busch, SEPTA conducts monthly safety blitzes throughout its transportation network including the subway just last week and regional rail and suburban trolley lines before that.