Train on Railway bridge catches fire, passengers jump into river to save life: Watch
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's inbound Orange Line train caught fire while on a bridge crossing the Mystic River just north of Boston, USA on approach to the Assembly station in Somerville.
- The 43-year-old train car in question had been inspected less than a month ago
- The incident occurred over Mystic River
- The fire was caused by a metal panel on the train's base touching electrified third rail
Passengers on a train in the Boston area were forced to jump out of the window into the river after a metal panel on the train's base that came loose and touched the electrified third rail appears to have been the cause of a fire, as per an official. When the northbound Orange Line train of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority caught fire while approaching the Assembly station in Somerville from a bridge over the Mystic River just north of Boston, no one was wounded. No one was hurt when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's inbound Orange Line train caught fire while on a bridge crossing the Mystic River just north of Boston on approach to the Assembly station in Somerville.
NEW: Video shows Boston’s Orange Line riders jumping out of windows after a train car caught on fire over the Mystic River. The MBTA says a person even jumped from the bridge into the water. pic.twitter.com/2qgNpHKr9Z — Joshua Jered (@Joshuajered) July 21, 2022
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said at a news conference that the preliminary indication is that a 1-by-6-foot (30-centimeter-by-1.8-metre) panel that he called a "sill" that runs along the base of the train came loose, touched the high-voltage rail and caused sparks that ignited other materials.
It appears passengers removed four windows during the escape, and most of the roughly 200 passengers on board were walked to safety by MBTA personnel, Poftak said. The woman who jumped into the river declined medical attention. The power to the third rail was turned off in less than two minutes, he said.
The 43-year-old train car in question had been inspected less than a month ago, which included an inspection of the panel that came loose, he said. After the fire, the same panel on every other in-service Orange Line car was inspected, and no issues were found, Poftak said. The investigation is ongoing, he said.
The fire is the latest in a string of dangerous problems with the troubled system. The Federal Transit Administration launched a review of the subway system in April following several accidents in the past year that led to injuries or death. The federal agency last month issued a series of directives to immediately address "longstanding issues" with the system's overall safety programme and safety culture.
With inputs from AP