A SEPTA inspector on top of a train parked at the West Trenton station was shocked and burned as he worked early Monday morning.

First responders tend to a burned SEPTA inspector on top of the train where he was burned (Brian McCarthy)

The 49-year-old man suffered 3rd degree burns in what witnesses describe to WPVI TV as a fireball. The train had to be de-energized as rescue crews worked carefully to work from a high angle to remove the man from the top of the train.

It took an hour to remove the man and airlift him to the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's burn unit in Livingston.

The incident did not interrupt train service.

Photos courtesy Brian McCarthy, On Scene News

First responders carry a burned SEPTA inspector (Brian McCarthy)