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Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Copyright 2007 WABC-TV
Service resumes on PATH train after fire 15 min. delays btn. Newark & Journal Square WABC Eyewitness News

(Jersey City - WABC, July 25 , 2007) - A maintenance train exploded in flames on a Jersey City bridge this morning -- causing a major disruption for PATH train commuters traveling from New Jersey to New York.

Eyewitness News is told the maintenance car was on the eastbound track on the Hackensack River Bridge, which connects Jersey City and Kearny, when it caught fire just after 2:30 a.m. Three maintenance workers on the train ran from the heavy flames. They were not hurt. It took firefighters more than 30 minutes to access the flames, which were in a remote area on the bridge. The fire was quickly put out once they got to it.

The fire caused the temporary suspension of PATH service in both directions between the Harrison and Journal Square stops as workers examined the tracks for any structural damage. Officials say one track was deemed to be usable, while the other was covered with foam from the firefighting. The Port Authority began running service on the unaffected track after 6:15 a.m., and warned of delays in both directions of 10 to 15 minutes.

NJ Transit trains and buses will honor PATH tickets for people making connections between New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority is investigating what caused the blaze. The tracks are only used by PATH trains and are owned by the Port Authority.

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