It's Not be Dead on a SEPTA Bus

By Randy LoBasso
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As you must’ve heard by now, a man died on a SEPTA bus Sunday morning about 4 a.m.–and the bus continued with its stops. Yep, how metaphoric.

The driver, Nakita Manfra, was driving the Market-Frankford Nite Owl route and first noticed the potential zombie (who was later found with a crack pipe) at the 69th Street Terminal, while he was still breathing. She alerted a higher-up, who told her to continue her route. She did, and stopped at 15th and Market, where field supervisor John Ammons determined the man was still alive. The driver was told to continue onto Frankford.

As it turns out, not only was continuing with the job normal procedure, but SEPTA officials are defending the decision to all but avoid the bus-riding corpse until arriving at Frankford Transportation Center. Agency spokesman Richard Maloney said of the incident: “There were no complaints from any of the passengers that we're aware of” and admitted the occasional bus dead man was “not that unusual.”

Seriously, if Nakita gets fired (and she better not, because that would be really messed up), Dick Maloney should start driving her route.

From the Inquirer:

“SEPTA officials defended a decision not to call for medical help when a bus driver reported that a passenger—who later died on the Nite Owl bus - was unresponsive and drooling and had wet his pants early Sunday.

Here are some more ridiculous SEPTA statements and summaries, as reported by local media:

NBC 10:

It’s not uncommon for a person to pass away on a SEPTA bus, according to the transit authority.”

Daily News:

“SEPTA defended the dispatcher's actions yesterday, saying that Leonard Sedden, 68, merely appeared to be asleep and that there was no evidence at the time that he needed urgent care.

Before the bus left 69th Street Terminal, its driver, Natika Manfra, expressed concern to a dispatcher on duty at SEPTA's control center when she couldn't "get any response" from the soiled passenger.”


"But the controller told the driver to keep going:

(Driver:) "OK, so just leave him on the bus, and pick up passengers?"

(Controller:) "That's correct.  I don't want to delay service."

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1. mcgrimus said... on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:00PM

“Most of us just want to die when we take SEPTA. This guy went the extra mile (literally), and that takes guts.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:10PM

“i can only imagine that his family, who he abandoned and aboned him, will emerge with a lawyer to use SEPTA as an STM machine in court. Call it a an early Christmas present from the dead passenger to his family.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:24PM

“This society is so fucked up it is really pathetic on how this system is so stuck on the issues that don't have anytrhing to do with the citie's financial income philly get your shit together.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:51AM

“the should not fire the driver she followed orders, whats fd up is the passenger did not realize they were riding with a dead man, septa mgrs suck, they should be fired , and yes the family will sue, they will settle for 500,000,k, thats the max in pa if you sue any state entity, well pay for this one , driver will need threapy, maybe disabilty”

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5. Anonymous said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 10:59AM

“the buses regularly smell like someone has soiled themselves. heck, at 4am there are probably a lot of intoxicated persons on the bus also. septa is usually full of loud and obnoxious people so i would welcome someone who is quiet (not necessarily dead) when I ride the bus.”

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6. noman said... on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:33PM

“But then if there were service delays everyone would be saying "SEPTA IS UNRELIABLE AGAIN"

They should've taken him OFF the bus and called 911 (or vice versa). It's good to know the driver expressed concern. Usually the bus drivers and their managers do not do their job correctly. This time it was just the managers.

Also good no one realized he was dead. They probably would've taken pictures with/of him like the homeless man who died on the sidewalk (story about this somewhere on pw website)

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7. John said... on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:05AM

“Knowbody cares anymore -about anyone ... I would hate to be the parent of that individual regardless if they are a drug addict or not. It's really a shame. Todays society has no morals what so ever - it's all about me me me!”

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8. Jo Mama said... on Aug 11, 2010 at 02:06PM

“Ever ride the #14 from FTC after midnite? Many colorful characters both at the terminal and on the buses!”


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