Mechanical Failure Suspected in Virginia Train Fire

September 10, 2010

Fire officials believe mechanical failure sparked a fire on a CSX locomotive in Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the fire caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

Goochland fire and rescue chief Bill MacKay told the newspaper that the locomotive was pulling cars carrying coal when the fire broke out early Wednesday morning.

MacKay says engineers stopped the train in a remote area beside the James River. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from five counties fought the blaze.

Traffic on the CSX track was halted for about eight hours.

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