Fire in a motor delays both east- and westbound TRE night trains

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A westbound Trinity Railway Express locomotive abruptly stopped about 8 p.m. Thursday in Haltom City when an electric motor caught fire, officials reported..

The fire broke out near the 6400 block of Airport Freeway, said Fred Napp, deputy chief of the Haltom City Fire Department.

That’s about a mile east of the rail crossing where a TRE train on Tuesday struck a car that reportedly tried get past the crossing gates, injuring three people.

On Thursday, an engineer quickly put the fire out, but the train, destined for downtown Fort Worth, was disabled and had to be towed, Napp said.

The train was pulled back to the Richland Hills station.

There, the 62 passengers transferred to another train that carried them to downtown Fort Worth, said Joan Hunter, spokeswoman for The T, which is an operator of the TRE.

The passengers were delayed about an hour, but the entire system was back on schedule at 9:25 p.m., Hunter said.

However, passengers on an eastbound train had to wait about an hour until the disabled westbound train could be pulled out of the way.

It must have made up some time when it resumed. The train was 32 minutes late when it reached its final destination at Dallas Union Station, Hunter said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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