CSX derailment causes Amtrak trains to backtrack, drop passengers in Utica
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Amtrak passengers are feeling the effects of a 20-car CSX freight train pileup in the Town of Mohawk near Amsterdam.
Hazmat crews are on the scene cleaning up. No word yet on exactly what was carried on the freight cars.
Trains destined for New York City and Boston via Albany had to turn back Thursday morning, ending up in Utica.
Amtrak officials say the Maple Leaf line that heads north to Canada, and the
Just two people suffered minor injuries in the derailment.
Route 5 is closed in the area of Route 334.
We talked to several travelers who were on board Amtrak trains when the crash happened. Those trains had to turn back, and dropped off passengers from Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo in Utica.
From Utica, the passengers had hopes to catch buses either back home, or to their final destinations. But no matter where they ended up, they were at least four hours behind schedule.
It was one Syracuse passenger, Linda Scaia's first time taking the train with her three 16-year-old triplet daughters.
She said she had to quickly reschedule all of their sweet 16 birthday plans in New York City, but was able to salvage most of their trip, and continued to Penn Station via bus.
" We heard the train in front of us had derailed, and that we have to wait until they make a decision on what they needed to do," Scaia said. "They were going to send a bus from Albany here to pick us up to bring us to Albany to bring us to New York."
Amtrak officials said The Lakeshore Limited train that travels from Chicago to Albany to Boston is not running Thursday, June 27th, nor is the Maple Leaf train that heads to Canada.
Buses are available to get passengers booked on those trains to their destinations, or there is the option to reschedule.
Amtrak officials say they are at the mercy of CSX to find out when the accident will be clear, and the tracks will be reopened.
Travelers who have plans to travel in the next few days should call Amtrak before leaving for the train station at 1-800-USA- RAIL, or check the website using this link.