Train Stopped: Metra Locomotive Fire Near Prospect Ave And Elmhurst Ave, Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 1:24 PM Saturday to a report of a train on fire near "Jake's Pizza" at Prospect Avenue and Elmhurst Avenue Mount Prospect, IL. Police and firefighters received a report that a fire was visible under the train engine. Firefighters on scene located the train closer to Prospect Avenue and Elmhurst Avenue. Firefighters positioned on both sides of the track, and extinguished the fire within minutes.

From the street, no soot or burn damage was visible on the "Village of Bartlett" Metra F40PH locomotive #176. Passengers disembarked from the train onto gravel away from a regular boarding area. A Mount Prospect police officer and Metra conductors helped passengers off of the train.

Passengers either got rides from friends and family or waited until the next westbound train arrived.

No injuries were reported, but paramedics gave a man with a cane a ride back to the Mount Prospect train station.

Metra Outbound Train #705 was the affected train, which was reported by Metra on Twitter to have been "stopped near Mt. Prospect with a mechanical problem."

A passenger reported that the train suddenly lost power, and stopped. Initially , there was an onboard announcement that the train was experiencing a mechanical problem. Then there was an announcement that there was a fire in the engine.

A "rescue" locomotive arrived just about 3:00 p.m. and passed heading westbound for a railway switch -- possibly by Arthur Avenue in Arlington Heights. The switch put the rescue locomotive (the "Village of Chicago Ridge" Metra F40PH #144) eastbound on the same track as the stricken locomotive. The rescue locomotive also possibly waited for another scheduled westbound train to pass the scene. As soon as the rescue locomotive arrived, railroad workers coupled the rescue locomotive to the stricken locomotive and eventually pulled the train westbound about 4:00 p.m.

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