Two hurt in mystery train fire

20th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — A conductor and a passenger were slightly injured by a fire that broke out in a train on Thursday morning.

20 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — A conductor and a passenger were slightly injured by a fire that broke out in a train on Thursday morning.

The blaze caused considerable damage to the rear carriage of the train, which had to make an emergency stop at Marienburg in the province of Overijssel. The train was on its way to Ommen.

"This was certainly no little fire in a waste paper basket," a spokesperson for rail network authority ProRail said.

Fire fighters quickly extinguished the flames, but the blaze flared up again before finally being extinguished.

The conductor and the passenger were treated at the scene for breathing difficulties and buses were used to bring the other 70 passengers to the local train station. 

ProRail said travel on the rail line would be suspended until about midday on Thursday because some overhead power lines had been damaged.

It is unclear how the fire started and if the damage to the power lines is related, ProRail said.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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