48 Spend Night On Amtrak Train Stuck In Western Mass.
PALMER (CBS/AP) – Amtrak officials say a train got stuck for 12 hours overnight in central Massachusetts with 48 people aboard and they are being taken to their destinations by bus.
Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train from Chicago to Boston got stuck in Palmer about 10 p.m. Saturday. A rockslide caused by the snowstorm that slammed the Northeast was blocking the tracks.
“This was the Lakeshore Limited train number 448 that originated out of Chicago on Friday the 28th, bound for Boston, stopped in Palmer, Mass. due to a rockslide ahead of another train that was on the CSX railroad,” she told WBZ.
Graham says the passengers had electricity and heat the whole time and got free food and drinks. Buses arrived about 11 a.m. Sunday to take them to destinations between Palmer and Boston. The Lakeshore Limited train had left Chicago on Friday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.
The storm has forced Amtrak to suspend train service on several routes in the Northeast.
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