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Tel Aviv-bound train catches fire, injures 121

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December 28, 2010 | 9:50 am

Some 121 passengers were injured after a fire broke out in a train traveling south toward Tel Aviv.

Most of the injures from Tuesday’s incident were from cuts and smoke inhalation; only five were more serious injuries.

The fire started in the rear engine of the train due to an electrical short, according to Israel Railways.  The train doors reportedly did not open automatically as they are supposed to; some doors had begun to melt from the fire. Passengers broke windows and escaped the train that way.

The Transportation Ministry said it would open an investigation into the incident.

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