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Amtrak Heading to Boston Stuck in NYC For Hours: Passengers

What to Know An Amtrak train that left Penn Station at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday morning was stuck in Queens…

What to Know

  • An Amtrak train that left Penn Station at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday morning was stuck in Queens for more than five hours

  • As of 3:30 pm, the train was still stalled, passengers said

  • Passengers said toilets on the train were “filled to the brim” and said they could smell smoke

An Amtrak train and route to Boston was stuck in Queens for more than five hours on Sunday with no functional restrooms, passengers said.

The toilets started flushing again and the train finally started moving after about six hours. It was expected to arrive in Boston at 8:04 pm, more than 1

0 hours after it left New York, Amtrak said.

Amtrak said debris on overhead wires caused the delays, but it was not clear why the train was stuck so long.

The train first departed Penn Station at 9:40 am, but appeared to lose power as it passed through a train yard in Long Island City in Queens and was still stalled there as of 3pm, several passengers told NBC 4 New York

The train began to move again around 3:15 pm, but stalled again soon after and began to smell like smoke, passenger Steve Silverman told NBC 4 New York.

“There had been very little communication as to the Nature of the problem other than vague references to pull us back to Penn Station with no timeline, “Silverman wrote in an email, adding that the restrooms were not functional and food and water had not been provided to passengers.

The toilets also started flushing around 3:15 pm, a passenger tweeted.

Around 3:50 p.m., the train started moving again, passengers said. It made an unscheduled stop in New Rochelle to let passengers off if they wanted, then continued toward New Haven. About eight to 10 passengers chose to get off at New Rochelle, Amtrak said.

Amtrak said passengers were accommodated with food and water.

Several other stranded passengers took to Twitter as problems persisted, describing the smell of smoke and the lack of functioning bathrooms.

“We are now in our 6th hour on the train,” one Twitter user wrote. “Baths have become filled to the surf due to lack of power to flush.” ​​

In a tweet, Amtrak confirmed that the train had been stopped outside of Penn Station , but said it was “on the move operating about 5 hours 15 minutes late.”

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