WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - A report of fire and smoke aboard a New Jersey Transit train brought Wood-Ridge and other first responders to the train station at Wesmont Station on Wednesday night.
Wood-Ridge Patrolman Devin Ochuizzo and Patrolman Michael Mueller responded to a report of a fire aboard a northbound train at the New Jersey Transit station in Wesmont Station around 7:30 p.m., according to Wood-Ridge Police Department's Detective/Lieutenant Joseph Biamonte. Train personnel reported that one of the cars had a strong odor of smoke in it and members of the crew stated that they saw sparks flying from the smoke stack of the engine to the cars behind it. Wood-Ridge Fire Department also responded to the scene.
All train cars were immediately evacuated. NJ Transit Police as well as their Emergency Services Unit arrived to supervise the situation.
According to Kate Thompson, a spokesperson for New Jersey Transit, the train had left Hoboken at 6:57 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at the Port Jervis Station at 9:11 p.m. Wesmont Station is part of the Bergen County line. She said the incident was contained to the locomotive. Train service was stopped for 15 minutes, and NJT sent a rescue train to pick up passengers.
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