Amtrak trains back running after 400 passengers stopped on rails overnight due to flooding
PORTAGE, Wis. — Around 400 Amtrak passengers were stranded in their cars overnight Tuesday in Wisconsin because of flood waters blocking the tracks, according to the train company. Both trains were on the move by Wednesday afternoon, after crews cleared flood water.
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 officials said both trains had resumed their trips around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.
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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.
“We appreciate the patience of our customers and the work by CP to restore the route used by these daily trains,” Amtrak officials said in a statement to News 3.
Amtrak officials said the eastbound train is more than 18 hours behind schedule and the westbound train is more than 22 hours behind schedule.
News 3 spoke with some of the passengers stranded in Portage. They were allowed to step outside of the train and stretch their legs.
“They’ve been giving us coffee. It’s not Amtrack it’s mother nature at her best.”
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