Amtrak passengers bound for New York and Boston endured a nearly 14-hour overnight wait at Chicago's Union Station when their train was held up by weather-related mechanical problems.
Amtrak passengers bound for New York and Boston endured a nearly 14-hour overnight wait at Chicago’s Union Station when their train was held up by weather-related mechanical problems.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the 172 passengers were offered food and blankets and allowed to wait in the station and aboard the train. A small number sought and received refunds.
The train was supposed to have left Chicago at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and travel first to New York and then Boston.
Passengers interviewed by the Chicago Tribune complained of having to sleep on floors and said the waiting area was cold.
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Overnight wind chills were around 25 degrees below zero.
Passenger Kathleen Bluemke told the Tribune that her 7-year-old daughter’s hands became swollen and chapped because of the cold.