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Engine Fire Stops Amtrak Train En Route To NY

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) –Amtrak says the lead engine caught fire on a Chicago-to-New York passenger train as it was approaching a station in northern Ohio.

Spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the three engineers on board the locomotive got out safely when the fire occurred just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. She says the 128 passengers traveling on the Lake Shore Limited train were never in any danger.

Firefighters responded to the Elyria station and the fire was put out. Graham says it’s not know what caused it.

To continue on its way to New York, the train would have to wait for the arrival of a replacement locomotive, from a freight train. Graham couldn’t say how long passengers would be delayed.

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