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Fire shuts down service on Boston’s Orange Line subway

August 23, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Service on Boston’s Orange Line subway has resumed after a small fire on the track between Wellington Station and Malden Center Station forced the suspension of service.

Transit officials said the fire was reported at 3:10 p.m.

Power to the third rail was shut off and passengers had to walk from the train toward Wellington Station. Shuttle busses were used to transport passengers between Oak Grove and Community College stations before full subway service resumed just before 7 p.m.

One person fell exiting the train. The injury was described as minor.

The train was not one of the new trains being introduced to the line.

The greater Boston subway system, operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, has been plagued this year by a series of derailments and other mishaps.

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