Smoke near train alignment briefly shuts down MetroLink in Metro -


Smoke near train alignment briefly shuts down MetroLink in Metro East

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. ( -

The MetroLink was briefly shut down in East St. Louis after smoke was seen near the trains Saturday.

Around 4:30 p.m., all trains between 5th and Missouri and the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center stations were not operating after smoke was seen near the alignment. The company said a defective train overheated causing the smoke. 

 The decision to shut down the trains was recommended by local fire officials who notified the company, according to a press release.

MetroLink told News 4 that riders were forced to get off and onto shuttles to get where they wanted to go. Passengers said that they were left in the dark about what was going on.

"It was kind of confusing because it sounds like the Arch was closed and it was a security breach. That is what it sounded like from what they told us," said Ann Stricklin, a MetroLink passenger. 

Within 35 minutes, MetroLink tweeted that the trains were resuming with a minor delays.

The company has not released any information about what caused the smoke or if any damages were reported.

This is a developing story. News 4 will update as more information becomes available.

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