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Union Pacific train catches fire near Martin City

Posted at 8:58 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 23:32:57-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATED, 9:37 p.m. | A Union Pacific spokesperson told 41 Action News that crews first noticed the fire near West 148th Street and Kenneth Road.

Crews stopped the train at West 135th Street and Holmes Road, secured it and then evacuated.

There were three locomotives and 73 rail cars, 23 of which were loaded, the spokesperson said. Some of the cars had hazardous material, but they were not affected by the fire, according to the spokesperson.

Two railroad workers on the train inhaled smoke. They were evaluated by medical crews and determined to be OK.

Roads in the area are now open.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m. | Crew have the fire under control.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m. | Some businesses in the area are being evacuated.

ORIGINAL STORY | A Union Pacific train engine caught fire Monday night near Martin City and has shut down traffic.

Kansas City, Missouri, fire department crews responded around 8:39 p.m. at West 135th Street and Holmes Road.

The train tracks have been shut down. Traffic also is being stopped at West 135th and Holmes Road and West 135th and Wornall Road.

A list of hazardous materials on the train is being provided to KCFD.

All crew members have been evacuated from the train.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.