Passenger train catches fire in Israel

Published December 28th, 2010 - 13:57 GMT

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Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya about 15 kms north of Tel Aviv, after the passenger train cought fire, injuring almost 50 people, in an apparent accident.
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Image 1 of 9: Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya about 15 kms north of Tel Aviv, after the passenger train cought fire, injuring almost 50 people, in an apparent accident.

An Israeli policeman stands next to a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim.
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Image 1 of 9: An Israeli policeman stands next to a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim.

Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya.
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Image 1 of 9: Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya.

Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach.
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Image 1 of 9: Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach.

Israeli fire fighters are still trying to extinguish the flames of a burning train wreck.
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Image 1 of 9: Israeli fire fighters are still trying to extinguish the flames of a burning train wreck.

Almost 50 people Injured, in an apparent accident. And the Israeli fire men are extinguishing the burning train wreck.
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Image 1 of 9: Almost 50 people Injured, in an apparent accident. And the Israeli fire men are extinguishing the burning train wreck.

A wounded Arab Israeli woman is evacuated from a burning train coach by paramedics near Kibbutz Shfaim.
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Image 1 of 9: A wounded Arab Israeli woman is evacuated from a burning train coach by paramedics near Kibbutz Shfaim.

An Israeli woman is evacuated from a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya.
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Image 1 of 9: An Israeli woman is evacuated from a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya.

An Israeli woman reacts as she stands next to a wounded woman waiting to be evacuated on a stretcher at the scene of a train fire.
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Image 1 of 9: An Israeli woman reacts as she stands next to a wounded woman waiting to be evacuated on a stretcher at the scene of a train fire.

Israeli officials say a fire on a passenger train traveling through central Israel injured more than 100 people Tuesday. 

Authorities say most victims suffered from cuts and smoke inhalation, but at least five passengers sustained moderate injuries. 

The Israel Railways train was traveling from Nahariya to Tel Aviv.  Investigators say an initial probe indicates the fire started in a rear engine then began to spread.  The Jerusalem Post  says authorities believe an electrical short caused the blaze, but have not ruled out the possibility that terrorists tampered with the engine. 

The fire is Israel's most serious train incident since August when seven family members were killed in a crash between a train and a minibus.

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