Train carrying luxury cars burns in the middle of a Georgia marsh

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:36 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Glynn County firefighters battled a stubborn fire Monday involving two burning rail cars loaded with Mercedes-Benz automobiles on a wooden train trestle in the middle of a marsh.

 Firefighters battled a Monday fire involving two burning rail cars loaded with Mercedes-Benz automobiles on a wooden train trestle in a swamp.

 
  Terry Dickson/ Morris News Service
Terry Dickson/ Morris News Service
Firefighters battled a Monday fire involving two burning rail cars loaded with Mercedes-Benz automobiles on a wooden train trestle in a swamp.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze that broke out about 2:30 p.m.Monday.

An estimated 40 firefighters were on the scene of the blaze, which was producing thick black smoke visible for miles, said Candice Temple, county spokeswoman.

"The fire is contained to the two rail cars and the trestle right now," Temple said.

The trestle is in the middle of marsh, making it difficult for firefighters to reach, she said.

"The fire is burning so hot that it has warped the steel rails preventing firefighters and ports authorities crews from unhooking the burning cars from the rest of the freight train, Temple said.

Traffic on neighboring Interstate 95 and U.S. 17 is moving smoothly. The wind is blowing the smoke away from U.S. 17, she said.

The same trestle burned about five years ago, hampering port operations at the shipping terminal which handles a variety of cargo including motor vehicles and heavy equipment.

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glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/16/10 - 07:52 am
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Sounds fishy, trestle burns

Sounds fishy, trestle burns twice in five years, got a light?

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/16/10 - 08:09 am
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I guess those Mercedes are

I guess those Mercedes are real "hot" cars now.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/16/10 - 08:15 am
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In the middle of a marsh, and

In the middle of a marsh, and it is not even hot dry weather yet, sounds like someone had a match and an accelerant.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 03/16/10 - 08:39 am
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Sounds like a recall from

Sounds like a recall from Benz to me. I never saw a marsh burn in any weather.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/16/10 - 09:16 am
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Marsh gas can contain

Marsh gas can contain methane, which ignites PDQ. Sparks from wheels scraping ever-so-slightly warped rails can easily start a fire, especially on a wooden trestle. And then you have the gasoline in the cars to help things along. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

They need to rebuild with steel and concrete this time. It would cause a major disruption in rail transportation in this corridor, but it's part of the infrastructure that needs up-dating.

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Fiat_Lux 03/16/10 - 09:18 am
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And gnumb, marsh grass

And gnumb, marsh grass definitely burns, and often around this time of year before the new growth gets going well. The old growth is dead and dry.

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