Fire on Ben Franklin Bridge Patco tracks

September 15, 2008 6:47:46 PM PDT
A commuter train was halted on the Benjamin Franklin bridge heading from New Jersey into Philadelphia because of small fires along the track. Spokesman Ed Kasuba of the Delaware River Port Authority says the fires were apparently caused by sparking from the shoe connecting the third rail and providing power. For that reason, power was shut down to the north side at about 3 p.m. and the PATCO high-speed train was stalled.

Kasuba says the 50 passengers were moved to the front two cars of the train at about 4:45 p.m., and then power was restored to allow those two cars to continue into Philadelphia..

The track on the south side was being used to handle traffic in both directions, causing delays of at least 10 minutes. Patco says it resumed a normal schedule before 7:00 p.m.


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