HANSON – It was a slow commute either by road or rail through Hanson Friday evening as an MBTA Commuter Rail train 055 broke down at the Route 27 crossing of the 1100 block of Main Street, blocking traffic for about three hours.
MBTA announcements in South Station indicated that train 055 had been terminated in Hanson “due to fire department activity,” according to published reports.
No injuries were reported and there is no official information about the potential cause of the damage. No additional information about the cause of the fire was available from Keolis this week.
According to the Hanson Fire Department, firefighters were called to the scene for a fire in the engine compartment aboard the train at 4:52 p.m.
“The train was evacuated as a precaution and crews investigated a smoke condition in the cab,” according to a statement on the department’s Facebook page. “Fire crews quickly found and isolated a piece of electrical equipment that had caught fire. The electrical equipment was removed and the incident was isolated.”
Fire officials emphasized that no water or extinguishing agents were needed and passengers were not in danger at any time.
Keolis representatives, MBTA Transit Police and Hanson Police were on scene, clearing just after 7 p.m.
Main Street in Hanson (Route 27) was blocked during the incident.
Train 058 on the Kingston Line was delayed by nearly two and a half hours between South Station and Hanson. Trains were making flag stops so riders were told to make themselves visible on the platform, WATD radio reported that evening.