More than 400 commuters were forced to evacuate a MARC train in Laurel during the evening rush hour yesterday as firefighters extinguished a fire on the underside of one of the train's four cars.
Prince George's County fire officials said the Maryland Rail Commuter service train, traveling from Washington to Baltimore, stopped at a station at the corner of Lafayette and Main streets in Laurel after smoke was seen coming from underneath one of the cars. The 410 passengers were evacuated from the train as firefighters from Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Howard counties put out the fire. No one was injured, but two of the cars were damaged.
Officials from Prince George's County said that the fire began in the electrical traction motor that drives the wheels of the self-propelled commuter train, which has no separate engine.