Smoke Detected on Caltrain Tracks Smothered

A smoldering cigarette butt Tuesday afternoon may have caused a delay in train service at the San Antonio Station.

Thanks to a quick thinking commuter who saw smoke rising from between wooden joists of the southbound Caltrain tracks at the San Antonio Station, a larger fire may have been prevented.

About 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Engine No. 3 responded to a call reporting smoke seen on the tracks. While the actual cause was never determined, it is thought that the smoke may have been due to a cigarette.

Caltrain service was momentarily halted, but resumed after the smoke was smothered by a fire extinguisher and the law enforcement deemed it safe.


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