Fire delays Amtrak departure

A fire in the battery area of one of the passenger cars of an Amtrak train headed to St. Louis on Friday caused about a 45-minute delay in Jefferson City.

According to fire department reports, the call came in around 12:45 p.m.

Passengers were let off the train while emergency crews located the fire.

Once they found it, firefighters put the fire out with dry chemicals.

No injuries were reported.

The train, which had 152 passengers, did continue on, but the car where the fire occurred was kept vacant, and the passengers were relocated to other cars.

There was no word on what caused the fire.

Despite the hiccup in service Friday, MoDOT announced this week that more Missourians are choosing to travel by train because of its reliability and affordability.

According to the MoDOT, ridership on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains has grown every month, except for May, since October 2009.

In January, that pattern continued with a 13.3 percent increase in passengers, compared with the same period last year.

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