Passengers were stuck on an Amtrak train for hours in rural South Carolina


For one family, what started as a fun trip to Florida turned into a nightmare. When a train ride lasting nearly 17 hours turned into an ordeal of more than 35 hours.

Passengers were stuck on an Amtrak train for hours in rural South Carolina

Passengers on an Amtrak train bound for. Florida from the Washington, D.C., area were stuck nearly a full day longer. Than expected after a freight train derailed.

For Michael McFadden and his family. What started as a fun trip to Florida to visit Legoland turned. Into a nightmare when a train ride that lasted nearly 17 hours turned into a more than 35-hour ordeal.


The train left Lorton, Virginia at 5:30 p.m. Monday. And was scheduled to arrive in Sanford, Florida around 10 a.m. Tuesday, McFadden said. But by 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, nearly 35 hours. After the train left, the train had yet to reach its destination. He said, adding that crew members had announced. That the train was expected to reach its destination around 6 a.m.

McFadden, a software engineer for a media company. Said his family originally planned the trip for November.

“I think I’m unlucky, that’s how I feel,” McFadden said

Amtrak auto trains were affected by “significant delays.” After a CSX freight train derailed in South Carolina. An Amtrak spokeswoman said in a statement early Wednesday.

Regular updates including food, snack packs and drinks.

The train arrived in Sanford Wednesday morning. After a nearly 20-hour delay, Amtrak said. The trip usually takes about 17 hours and 30 minutes, according to its website.

He also said that at one point, after he posted a video on YouTube of an Amtrak worker addressing passengers.  And pictures on social media.

He also questioned why at one point. The train stopped waiting for hours for relief crew members to arrive.

“The question we’re asking is, why did the train have to stop in the middle. Not even a small station, and the crew had to drive the train?” McFadden said in an email.

“We had to tell him, ‘You can’t get off the train.’ He was really sad about it,” she said.

Amtrak did not immediately respond. Overnight requests for more information, including why the train stopped.

McFadden said he felt the situation. That revenue wasn’t the most important thing.

The CSX derailment happened about 11 p.m. Monday in Lake City, South Carolina. When the freight train hit an empty car on the tracks, CSX spokeswoman Cindy Shields said.

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