LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freight train service was suspended for more
than three hours Thursday between Barstow, Calif., and Las Vegas
while firefighters battled a blaze in a pile of wooden ties
alongside the railroad track.
Clark County fire spokesman Bob Leinbach said trains were
allowed to pass slowly while crews continued to fight the fire near
Jean, midway between Las Vegas and the California state line.
Mark Davis, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesman in Omaha, Neb.,
said the fire delayed two trains that were heading to Long Beach,
Calif., from Salt Lake City. Service was resumed at 7:25 a.m.
The line usually handles about 20 trains a day, some more than a
mile long.
A train engineer reported the fire at 4 a.m. in a pile of
railroad ties along the track, Davis said. The ties had been
stacked up near the track and were scheduled to be hauled away by a
contractor.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Leinbach said firefighters from surrounding communities and Las
Vegas worked with Nevada Department of Transportation crews and a
foam firefighting unit from McCarran International Airport to
extinguish the fire.

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