Seven people were injured in a MATA trolley car fire this morning. According to the Memphis Fire Department (MFD), the blaze began around 10:30am at Madison and Bellevue. Officials stated that the fire started in the control stand of the trolley.
There were nine passengers and a driver on board the trolley car, seven of which were carried to area hospitals. The passengers were suffering from smoke inhalation and are in non-critical condition according to MFD officials.
Our office first caught whim of the story as it broke out on Twitter. News Channel 3 was on the scene.
Then news broke of this heroic woman pictured below who risked her life to pry the trolley doors open so the passengers could get away from the flames.
Other images included passengers receiving oxygen and other medical treatment.
According to News Channel 3, this was Trolley 452, which MATA said was originally built in 1927 by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board.
The streetcar was refurbished in 2004 by GOMACO for $567,899, with 80% of restoration covered by Federal funds.
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