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Blowing Snow Stops Amtrak Trains Near Mendota

Posted by wlpo on January 7, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Passengers are arriving in Chicago after hundreds spent the night onboard Amtrak trains stuck near Mendota.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the first busload of passengers arrived at Chicago’s Union Station before nine Tuesday morning. About 300 passengers were stranded overnight near Mendota after their trains got stuck in blowing and drifting snow and ice. Two trains were heading to Chicago from California, while the third was from Quincy in western Illinois.

Several passengers speaking to news outlets by cellphone said conditions on the trains deteriorated and that they went long periods without food. But Magliari says all trains had working bathrooms and no medical problems were reported. He said food was also brought to passengers.

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