Freight train fire causes delays on Providence commuter rail line

Mansfield Police

The MBTA’s Providence commuter rail line is facing delays during the commute Tuesday morning after material in a freight train caught fire in Mansfield, officials said.

Mansfield police officers were dispatched to the tracks around 4:33 a.m. Tuesday where they saw flames coming from one car on the freight train using the Amtrak tracks.

The town’s fire department remains on the scene around 6:50 a.m.


Keolis Commuter Services, the operator of the MBTA’s commuter rail system, said service on the Providence line trains has been impacted when commuter trains could not travel past the burning car train.

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Trains 800, 801, and 802 are all at least 45 minutes behind schedule.

Trains were beginning to resume regular travel around 6:55 a.m., but residual delays are expected.

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