Rat gets zapped, disrupts NJ River Line service

Posted: August 01, 2012

A fire started by a rat in a PSE&G power switch halted NJ Transit River Line service through Camden for more than 11 hours.

Normal service resumed after 7 a.m. today.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Monday in an auto transfer switch at the Walter Rand Transportation Center on Broadway at Martin Luther King Boulevard in Camden, said PSE&G spokeswoman Melissa Ficuciello.

The outage also knocked out power to 1,100 other customers in Camden, but they were back on line this morning, Ficuciello said.

After the fire was put out, crews found the remains of a rat that sparked the blaze, Ficuciello said.

NJ Transit used buses to carry River Line passengers between the 36th Street station and the Camden waterfront until the power was restored.

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