SEPTA authorities say that while it’s not uncommon for a person to die on one of their transportation vehicles, the bus driver should have been more urgent in her six calls to dispatch when she had an unresponsive passenger aboard.

“If she would have requested an ambulance, if she would have requested police, they would have been immediately dispatched,” SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said about 27-year-old driver Natika Manfra.

A SEPTA supervisor directed Manfra to continue her route after she reported an unresponsive elderly passenger who had urinated on himself early Sunday.

By the time the bus reached the end of its Market-Frankford Line Nite Owl bus route, the man, who was breathing at the beginning of the route, was dead.

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