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Israel train fire sends more than 100 to hospital

From Michal Zippori, CNN
An Israeli fire fighter tackles a blaze after a train caught fire on December 28, 2010 in Bnei Zion, Israel.
An Israeli fire fighter tackles a blaze after a train caught fire on December 28, 2010 in Bnei Zion, Israel.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The train was headed from Haifa to Tel Aviv
  • No major injuries are reported
  • Authorities say an electrical short may be to blame
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  • Israel

Jerusalem (CNN) -- A fire aboard a train carrying passengers from Haifa to Tel Aviv on Tuesday sent more than 100 people to the hospital, Israeli authorities said.

Passengers broke windows to escape from the fire, which completely destroyed two train cars and filled others with smoke. The fire broke out in the rear carriages, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Rescue crews helped evacuate passengers. Five people sustained moderate injuries, according to medical services officials. The rest were lightly injured, according to authorities.

An investigation into the cause was under way, but authorities said an electrical short is a strong possibility.