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French train burns, prompting delays

Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

TARASCON, France, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- No injuries were reported but rail service delays were expected after a passenger train in France caught fire Saturday, transportation officials said.

The intercity railway between Marseille and Bordeaux was backed up by more than 2 hours after a train carrying 220 people began smoking heavily. Firefighters from the town of Tarascon responded and extinguished the blaze.

Passengers from the front three cars were moved to rear cars and a relief train was called in to tow the train to the next stop, Nimes, Radio France Internationale reported.

Other trains on the route were delayed while the scene was cleared.

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