California Zephyr Stranded Overnight In Iowa

Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr was stranded with nearly 300 aboard in Iowa for more than 20 hours this weekend.

The train, which had departed Chicago on Friday afternoon, was stopped in Ottumwa, Iowa, because of a track wash out ahead.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said it wasn’t until Saturday night that BNSF crews got the tracks repaired.

After No. 5 was able to resume its journey, it then had to return to the Ottumwa station after a BNSF train ahead of it developed mechanical problems, Graham said.

The Zephyr, which had left Chicago at 2 p.m. on Friday stopped in Iowa at 11:30 p.m. and didn’t move again until 7 p.m. Saturday, she said,

Graham said that passengers were provided food at the station and given the chance to find other means of transportation. However, all of them stayed with the train, Graham said.

The train’s final destination is Emeryville, California, near San Francisco.

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