SEPTA employee was driving drunk when she crashed into SEPTA trolley in Southwest Philadelphia

Investigators say the driver initially fled the scene, but then allegedly came back to get her belongings from her car.

Damaged SEPTA trolley.

A car collided with a SEPTA trolley in Southwest Philadelphia. (6abc)

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A SEPTA employee has been charged with DUI after she crashed her personal car into a SEPTA trolley over the weekend in Southwest Philadelphia, the district attorney’s office said.

Four people were injured in the crash, including the trolley operator.

Brianna Satchell-Thomas, 31, is charged with aggravated assault while DUI, reckless driving, making a false report to law enforcement and other offenses.

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The crash happened around 6:25 a.m. Sunday on the 1300 block of South 52nd Street.

SEPTA officials tell Action News the driver of the car crashed into the trolley after running a red light, knocking the trolley off the tracks.

According to the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, police arrived on the scene to find a white Mercedes with major damage.

Witnesses told police the occupants of the Mercedes fled the scene.

However, the D.A.’s office says Satchell-Thomas later returned. She was allegedly trying to recover belongings from the Mercedes, which investigators say was registered to her.

She was then placed under arrest.

“Defendant Satchell-Thomas is alleged to have driven while under the influence and in such a reckless manner to have caused the crash involving the trolley, which was carrying passengers at the time,” the D.A.’s office said in a news release.

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The D.A.’s office said that since the crash involves a SEPTA employee and a SEPTA vehicle, the case will be prosecuted by its Special Investigations Unit.

According to the D.A.’s website, the unit is a “team of prosecutors, investigators and support staff pursue active prosecutions against government officials, public servants and members of law enforcement who are accused of misconduct.”

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