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Sparks from a freight train spark New Jersey wildfires and severe train delays


NJ Transit and Amtrak services were disrupted Wednesday after fires broke out near state rail lines.

The fires reportedly started from sparks caused by a passing freight train, according to the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety.

in a series of tweets posted by NY4’s Steven Bognaryou can see videos of large black clouds of smoke billowing from the flames as firefighters tried to hose down the area.

Bognar identified Edison and Matawan as the two towns affected by the fires.

New Jersey Transit announced that the service was temporarily suspended for its Northeast Corridor Line between New York Penn Station and Trenton at 3:45 p.m., reports ABC7NY.

The suspension affected many workers on their commute home from out of town.

Service partially resumed an hour later, between New York Penn Station and Metropark.

NJ Transit is currently advising customers to find alternative transportation routes, and Amtrak has announced that service between New York Penn Station and Philadelphia is still suspended.

Amtrak Northeast tweeted updating your passengers at 5:23 pm

“SERVICE ALERT UPDATE: Due to continued fire department activity in the Metropark (MET) area, all rail service between Philadelphia (PHL) and New York (NYP) is temporarily suspended until further notice. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”

Those affected can follow @AmtrakNECAlerts on Twitter for updates

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