Morgan County brush fire delays trains
An Amtrak train and two cargo trains were delayed Sunday afternoon when a brush fire spread over about nine acres near a CSX line in the Berkeley Springs area, a dispatcher said.
The fire, which was reported about 4:14 p.m., occurred just west of a bridge that crosses the Potomac River from the Hancock area into West Virginia, said Jimmy Pearce, a 911 dispatcher in Morgan County, W.Va.
The fire was burning on a mountainside above the train tracks, Pearce said. The Amtrak train and two cargo trains were stopped about 4:48 p.m., Pearce said.
The trains were delayed for about an hour while firefighters fought the blaze, Pearce said.
It appears the trains had to be halted because of water lines that had to be laid across the tracks to fight the fires, CSX spokeswoman Kathy Brown said.