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Locomotive fire disrupts Amtrak traffic

October 28, 2009

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (AP) -- Amtrak traffic through New Carrollton was halted after a locomotive caught fire at the station just outside Washington, D.C.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says smoke and a small engine fire was discovered on a train traveling from Washington to Boston on Wednesday morning. Cole says there were no injuries and about 40 passengers got on another train and continued on their way.

Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the fire was reported around 6 a.m. and it took firefighters about an hour and half to put out the fire. Meanwhile, all Amtrak and MARC train traffic through the station was stopped.

Brady says it appears to have been an electrical fire in the engine area.

The Maryland Transit Administration is warning of major delays on the MARC Penn Line, which goes through the station.

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