Orange Line Service Suspended, Passengers Evacuated After Fire – CBS Boston
MEDFORD (CBS) – Service on the MBTA’s Orange Line was suspended Friday afternoon due to a fire in Medford. The MBTA says the fire was in the track area between Wellington and Malden Center stations.
Passengers actually yelled to the conductor to stop the train when they saw smoke coming up from the tracks.
Passengers were evacuated onto the tracks, third rail power was deactivated and that’s when all Orange Line service stopped.
Video from SkyEye showed firefighters on the tracks extinguishing the fire underneath the train.
All Orange Line trains were “standing at stations” until the fire was extinguished.
Service has been replaced by bus shuttles between Oak Grove and Wellington stations.
Another video shows passengers being evacuated from orange line trains because of a track fire. MBTA says power on the third rail has been shut down. #WBZ
— Kristina Rex (@KristinaRex) August 23, 2019
The MBTA says passengers should expect delays of more than 20 minutes.
There are also residual delays on the Commuter Rail due to the fire.