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BREAKING NEWS — Train Fire Near Potomac Yard

by ARLnow.com October 29, 2010 at 10:08 am 1,436 2 Comments

(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) A fire aboard a CSX locomotive near Potomac Yard is out, but Amtrak trains may be slightly delayed while crews work to clear the scene.

All CSX and Amtrak trains that use the tracks were temporarily halted while firefighters worked to put out the fire. Train traffic is now being allowed through again on two of the three tracks that run through the area.

Arlington Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Ed Hughes said there was a “minor smoldering fire” in the train’s engine compartment, caused by overheated bearings. The fire was extinguished quickly and the train will be moved shortly, Hughes said. Amtrak trains may experience minor delays, he said.

Blue and Yellow Line Metro trains that run on nearby tracks were apparently not affected.

  • bennynojets

    Is this a promotional stunt for the new movie Unstoppable?

    • Alas, the train was, in fact, stopped.

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