Bridge Fire Suspends Commuter Train Service In New York

Monday, September 20, 2010

Serving on New York’s Metro-North railway line from Grand Central has been restored afterward a fire at the 138th Street bridge over the Harlem River was controlled.

Servicing has restarted with “sprinkled delays” of as long as 15 minutes, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stated now in an e-mailed assertion.

“The fire is under control and two of four tracks on the 138th Street Bridge have been restored,” as per the electronic mail. “We continue to assess any damage on the remaining two tracks and its impact, if any, on the PM peak service.”

Servicing on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven railway lines was inactive after a fire below the bridge was accounted at 11:45 a.m. today, Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for the Metro-North service, said today in a ring interview.

The fire could have been set out by the blowup of a transformer next to the rail, Anders aforementioned. The bang geared up fire to wooden stilts intended to protect against damage from boat hits, she said.

“When they said ‘fire,’ that was scary,” said Mary Ann Magnano, a adjourned 63-year-old at Grand Central who was goingnorthward White Plains station. “But everything is clear now. No one seemed too panicked. It’s looking fine. They’ve been keeping us updated.”

Transit functionaries do not yet acknowledge whether the blowup sullied the bridge’s metallic construction, Anders said. Metro-North serves well approximately 135,000 commuter trains each day, she said.


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