Chaz Wearing, 40, faces involuntary manslaughter charges for a fatal incident at a SEPTA station where a man was struck by a train after their physical altercation.

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Who is Chaz Wearing?

Chaz Wearing, 40, is charged with involuntary manslaughter following an altercation at a SEPTA station that led to a tragic outcome. The incident occurred on the platform of the Market-Frankford line at 34th and Market streets around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Wearing, believed to be homeless, engaged in a physical confrontation with another man, resulting in the victim being knocked onto the train tracks below.

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Video footage obtained by law enforcement reveals the dispute escalating into physical violence, with Wearing punching the other man twice before he fell onto the tracks. Tragically, moments later, an incoming SEPTA train struck and killed the victim. The incident prompted a shutdown of the 34th Street Station for hours, impacting SEPTA service between 30th and 40th streets.

Wearing, currently on bench warrant status for an unrelated strangulation case in Delaware County, has a criminal history extending to Clinton and Lycoming counties. He was taken into custody at the 40th Street Station after the altercation.

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SEPTA officials rerouted service between 30th and 40th streets with buses for riders in both directions during the investigation. The District Attorney’s Office emphasized that charges against Wearing could be subject to change pending further information.

Riders expressed concerns about violence on the transit system, noting an increase in incidents over the years. Authorities are continuing the investigation into the altercation, urging anyone with information to come forward. The victim’s identity remains undisclosed, and authorities are expected to share more details about the case as the investigation unfolds.