48 spend night on halted Amtrak train from Chicago

October 30, 2011 7:53:26 PM PDT
Amtrak officials say a train that departed from Chicago got stuck overnight in central Massachusetts with 48 people aboard.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the train, which left Chicago Friday, was headed to Boston when it got stuck in Palmer about 10 p.m. Saturday because a rockslide caused by the snowstorm that slammed the Northeast was blocking the tracks.

Amtrak says that passengers had electricity and heat the whole time and got free food and drinks. Buses arrived Sunday morning to take them to destinations between Palmer and Boston.

The East Coast continues to dig out out Sunday after a rare October blast of winter. Some areas got two feet of snow, and the storm forced Amtrak to suspend train service on several routes in the northeast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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