SHORT HILLS, NJ – NJ Transit police officers and Millburn firefighters were still on scene at the Short Hills train station at 9:30 p.m. on Monday evening, investigating an incident that stopped train service temporarily on both the eastbound and westbound tracks.
According to NJ Transit Public Relations Officer James Smith in a phone conversation with TAP M/SH, train service was halted when a tree caught on fire and damaged power lines. The power lines fell on or near the eastbound tracks, causing safety concerns by transit authorities. A Short Hills resident said she witnessed the fire around 6:45 p.m. and heard sirens near the scene about 20 minutes later.
“At the present time, the cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation,” said Smith.
A Millburn Township resident reported that commuters bound for Short Hills were dropped off at the South Orange station and bussed to the Short Hills. Train service resumed around 9:45 p.m. with a 90-minute delay to scheduled stops.
NJ Transit responders acted quickly when learning of the incident. It is unlikely that train service on Tuesday morning will be interrupted.