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Engine fire stops Amtrak train in Ohio, none hurt

Dec. 15: A Norfolk and Southern engine hooked to an Amtrak passenger train waits on a siding in Elyria, Ohio. The lead engine of the Chicago-to-New York Lake Shore Limited Amtrak train caught fire earlier in the morning forcing evacuation of 128 passengers and three train crew.

Dec. 15: A Norfolk and Southern engine hooked to an Amtrak passenger train waits on a siding in Elyria, Ohio. The lead engine of the Chicago-to-New York Lake Shore Limited Amtrak train caught fire earlier in the morning forcing evacuation of 128 passengers and three train crew.  (AP)

Amtrak says the lead engine on a Chicago-to-New York passenger train caught fire as it was approaching a northern Ohio station.

Spokeswoman Vernae (VUR'-nay) Graham says the three engineers on board the locomotive got out safely when the fire broke out just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. She says the 128 passengers traveling on the Lake Shore Limited train were never in any danger.

Firefighters responded to the Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) station, and the fire was put out. Graham says it's not known what caused it.

Graham couldn't say how long passengers would be delayed as the railroad awaited a replacement locomotive.