The conductor of a train was transported to the hospital after falling from the locomotive where he was trying to put out a fire early Wednesday morning.

Waxahachie firefighters responded to the rail crossing the intersection of Waller Street and Sterrett Road at 2:28 a.m.

“Firefighters called for an ambulance and at first the conductor said that he was OK. Then when he sat down he said, ‘I think I better go – my back and my neck hurt really bad.’ He was transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie,” Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins said. “Engine three arrived on scene first to find flames coming out of the engine compartment of the train. Then engine three called for ladder three to the scene for manpower to help extinguish the fire.”

Hudgins said the cause of the fire is unknown and won’t be known until the locomotive is taken back to a repair facility and taken apart.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters stayed on scene putting out hot spots until it was fully out. The scene was then turned over to a representative from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company. 

Before responding to the call, firefighters on duty had gone through a training session with Union Pacific on how to safely work a locomotive engine fire.

Units cleared the scene at 4:15 a.m.

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