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PATCO Train Fire Sends 3 Passengers To The Hospital, Disrupts Service

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Regular service has resumed on the PATCO high speed line, after an early morning fire on Saturday in Camden’s City Hall station temporarily halted trains to and from Philadelphia.

Officials say a fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. as an eastbound train was approaching the station. They say about 30 people aboard the train were evacuated; several passengers suffered smoke inhalation, including three people who were taken to Cooper Hospital for treatment.

A PATCO spokesman says the City Hall station is closed while fire fighters work to clear the smoke.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but the spokesman says it appears to be the result of a mechanical problem.

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Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio; Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

  • Antonia Flaherty

    Why did the passengers have to PRY the doors open??? Doesn’t PATCO have automatic doors which can be opened by the train operator? Passengers shouldn’t be left locked up like a can of Sardines in a potentially disasterous situation. Seems as though someone otta get a CLUE!

  • Chris Pianti

    There seemed to be more than 33 passengers. Almost every seat was filled and there were many standing in the aisles. After some passengers by the doors pried the doors open, everyone rushed out. Flames were leaping up from the front of the train and onto the platform. It was like being in a disaster movie. The smoke filled the entire station within the first minute or two. The entire experience was unreal.

    Patco might want to work on ventilation down there.

  • Felicia Velez-Conroy

    There were not 33 passengers, try over 100. 3 train cars packed with only stadning room available. i can honestly say it was very traumatizing.

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