Passengers Walk on Tracks as Boston Commuter Train Fire Prompts Emergency Evacuation

A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter train caught fire while approaching a station in Somerville on Thursday, July 21, prompting passengers to evacuate.

Footage by Patrick Gallagher shows passengers evacuating a smoking train and walking away along tracks.

The MBTA said the Orange Line train carrying around 200 passengers stopped between Wellington and Assembly stations.

In a preliminary inspection, the MBTA found “a section of the sheet metal, or side panel, on the vehicle, appears to have come in contact with the third rail, igniting material below the car.” Credit: Patrick Gallagher via Storyful

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