115 Amtrak Passengers Stranded In El Paso
POSTED: Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 4:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:41am
EL PASO — Over a hundred Amtrak passengers are stranded in El Paso after a train derails outside Fort Hancock.
Amtrak says their train can't head east until Union Pacific restores about 1,600 hundred feet of track.
Amtrak says another passenger train from New Orleans heading west is now stopped in Alpine, located 220 miles outside of El Paso. That train has 265 passengers. Both trains are waiting for Union Pacific crews to fix the track.
Union Pacific says the derailment happened 40 miles east of El Paso.
Amtrak says the their train consists of sleeper cars, meaning they are equipped for passengers to sleep on the train so they are not providing hotels.
Passengers say they are outraged that they have been stranded in El Paso for over 24 hours.
"Unfortunately we wound up getting stuck here and we have to sit it out and wait it out. You know I'm saying, whatever time they decide okay we can go on, then we'd be able to go, but right now, as of now we are stuck here,” said passenger Brian Walters.
Union Pacific tells Amtrak that they plan to get their train moving out of El Paso by midnight.
Union Pacific also says they don't know what caused the derailment or how much the repairs will cost.