Two passengers injured in fire on light rail train

March 20, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

FERNDALE -- Two passengers suffered smoke inhalation in an electrical fire aboard a Central Light Rail Line car during yesterday's evening rush hour, a Mass Transit Administration spokesman said.

Anthony Brown, the spokesman, said the southbound train, heading for the Ferndale station, was nearing Broadview Boulevard about 4: 45 p.m. when passengers reported flames, smoke and sparks in one of the cars. The train, which carried 60 to 80 passengers, stopped and firefighters from area stations quickly extinguished the fire, said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Sheckells said the fire was electrical.

Brown said two passengers were treated for smoke inhalation at North Arundel Hospital and the others were bused to their destinations.

He said the train was towed to a maintenance shop under the Jones Falls Expressway at North Avenue in Baltimore to be inspected and repaired.

Southbound service was disrupted between the North Linthicum and Cromwell stations until 7: 15 p.m., Brown said.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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