Amtrak train stalls along U.S. 51

2014-08-29T20:45:00Z 2014-08-29T21:25:36Z Amtrak train stalls along U.S. 51DUSTIN DUNCAN THE SOUTHERN The Southern

Hundreds of passengers were stranded outside of an Amtrak train Friday evening after being stalled along North U.S. 51 between Carbondale and De Soto. 

Several passengers, coming from the Amtrak Station in Carbondale, said they were headed north when the conductor made an announcement that the train was having engine troubles.

At about 8 p.m., Amtrak decided to cancel the train, said Amtrak Media Relations Manager Marc Magliari. Riders will have the opportunity to take today's 390 Saluki train at 7:30 a.m. or receive a refund. 

"They can decide if they want a refund or take the morning train," he said. "The time it would take to repair the train is unknown, so it was better to cancel the train."

Magliari said the city of Carbondale helped pick up riders on North U.S. 51 and bring them back to the Amtrak station.

The train was the 392 Illini from Carbondale to Chicago. The train was scheduled to leave the station at 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 9:45 p.m.

Many of the passengers were headed to Champaign, Effingham and Chicago because of the Labor Day weekend. Some were students heading home because SIU does not have classes Monday.

At about 6 p.m., passengers exited the train, saying the the air conditioning was not working. 

The conductor on the train said he could not comment, but passengers said they saw individuals working on the train.

Magliari said the train was having mechanical issues, but the air conditioning and restrooms services were still in order. 

There were no injuries.


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