LSL Wheel Assembly Catches Fire in Hudson, N.Y.

A wheel assembly on a car of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited caught fire on Monday afternoon, delaying the train for about an hour in Hudson, New York.

Hudson firefighters were called to the Amtrak station at 4:40 p.m. Monday after smoke was seen coming from the wheel areas of an Amtrak train that had just arrived at the station. The train had multiple fires in its undercarriage

Hudson Fire Department Chief James Schermerhorn said the fires were caused by dead leaves that had gotten pulled into the wheel wells and ignited. Firefighters spent several minutes pumping water into the wheel wells.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said that crew members were forced to call for help from city firefighters when they could not extinguish the fires using hand extinguishers on board the train. Magliari said there were no injuries resulting from the fires.

Although Hudson is a stop for Empire Service trains, it is not a scheduled stop for the Lake Shore Limited.

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