Fire Disrupts Freight Train Near Rockville Station

A CSX freight train was held up near the Rockville MARC station this morning when one of its cars started smoldering, according to Fire & Rescue Services spokesman Pete Piringer.

The smoldering contents were cocoa powder, Piringer said. The car was separated from the train and moved to another track. Other trains face delays but have been cleared to continue running, and the freight train is expected to resume its trip without the smoldering car.

Piringer attributed the fire as a result of improperly loading a shipping container, which resulted in friction with the train wheels.

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