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48 spend night on Amtrak train stuck in Mass

October 30, 2011

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PALMER, Mass.—Officials from Amtrak say 48 people are being taken to their destinations by bus after spending the night stuck on a train in central Massachusetts.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train from Chicago to Boston got stuck in Palmer about 10 p.m. Saturday. It couldn't go any farther because the tracks were blocked by a rockslide caused by the snowstorm that slammed the Northeast.

Graham says the passengers had electricity and heat the whole time and got free food and drinks. Buses arrived about 11 a.m. Sunday to take them to destinations between Palmer and Boston. The Lakeshore Limited train had left Chicago on Friday.

The storm has forced Amtrak to suspend train service on several routes in the Northeast.