Amtrak train on its way from Montreal to New York splits apart mid-journey

Nov 22 2018, 1:40 pm

A New York City-bound Amtrak train that departed from Montreal was halted the night before American Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, when two of the train’s cars were separated.

The train was carrying 287 passengers and crew members, none of whom were reported injured.

It’s still not yet clear what caused the problem.

Just outside of Albany New York, at around 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Train 68 experienced what Amtrak called a “mechanical issue” and sent a recovery train to transfer passengers from the disabled train and continued the rest of the way to New York City.

Chuck Reeves chronicled the journey on Twitter and claimed that after boarding the train, he “heard a pop, smelled electrical burning and felt a rush of cold air.”

Reeves claimed Amtrak was “very professional and kept us informed the entire time” throughout the transfer. According to Amtrak, the entire mishap delayed travel by 3 hours and 15 minutes.

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