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Train Stuck in 10-Hour Trip From Hell

Passengers to Philly locked inside as temperatures plummet
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2010 3:10 AM CST
Train Stuck for 10-Hour 'Trip From Hell'
No lights, no heat, no food.   (AP)

A nighttime Amtrak train en route from Baltimore to Philadelphia was stuck on the tracks for a hellish 10 hours in frigid weather with no lights, heat or food. The doors were locked for much of that time, trapping passengers inside. It was hours before passengers were told that emergency supplies were on the way. "So cold can't stop trembling. Pitch black all around. Cold air blowing on me. It's like Twilight Zone. Or I've died and gone 2 hell," Tweeted reporter Stephen Tschida of ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, who happened to be traveling on the train when it broke down last week.

"Why will no one tell us anything?" he wonders. "People are cold, hungry and frightened. I hear yelling in other cars. Afraid they're going to back us off a bridge into cold water. Maybe I'm paranoid, but afraid this isn't going to end well." Tschida did finally arrive home safely after "ten hours of hell." Passengers were never told exactly what the problem was.
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