Train trestle fire near New Orleans doused, Amtrak route from Chicago cut

February 15, 2016

By Tribune news services, The Chicago Tribune

Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse a blaze on a train trestle west of New Orleans, but some Amtrak and freight service remain disrupted.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

St. Charles Parish spokesman Tristin Babin said Saturday evening that the fire had been extinguished following an all-day effort. He said remaining hot spots should be out by Sunday morning.

Officials responded after 8 a.m. when people working on the Canadian National Railway trestle reported the fire. Babin had earlier said workers were grinding rails, but later said he couldn’t confirm the cause. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said the cause is being investigated.

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