Amtrak: 400 passengers stopped on rails for more than 12 hours due to flooding
PORTAGE, Wis. — Around 400 Amtrak passengers were stranded in their cars for 12 or more hours in Wisconsin because of flood waters blocking the tracks, according to the train company.
According to an Amtrak spokesperson, both Amtrak Empire Builder trains that were delayed in Central Wisconsin have resume their journes: east to Chicago and west to Seattle and Portland.
Th eastbound Train is more than 18 hours behind schedule and the westbound Train is more than 22 hours behind schedule.
PREVIOUS: The Empire Builder train headed from Seattle was stopped outside Tomah since 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a spokesperson from Amtrak. Passengers on another train headed from Chicago told News 3 they were stopped outside Portage since early evening.
Amtrak said the delays were due to weather conditions that had shut down railways in Wisconsin. Each train was carrying around 200 passengers each. All hotel operations on the train were working during the shutdown, according to Amtrak. The company said it was in communication with the owner of the rail, Canadian Pacific, who was working to reopen the track for travel again.
.@Amtrak passengers stuck outside Tomah say the train is moving – but it’s not clear where they’re going, whether it’s back to town or on to their destination. We’re hoping to get an update from the company over the next half hour. pic.twitter.com/QvBNQeN76M
— Leah Linscheid (@news3leah) August 29, 2018
Family of passengers on the train stuck in Tomah told News 3 her 81-year-old father had only eaten once since around 1 p.m. during his time on the train. That woman added the train appeared to be starting and stopping, but passengers had no information as to where or in what direction the train was headed.
Amtrak officials confirmed as of 8 a.m. Wednesday the trains were still not moving. They did not have a timeline for when the routes would be running again.
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