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.

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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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