CONO Breakdown Strands 145 in Carbondale

Passengers aboard Amtrak’s southbound City of New Orleans were forced to finish their trip by bus on Monday after mechanical issues halted the train for several hours in Carbondale, Illinois.

Attempts to fix the problem were unsuccessful and the 145 passengers were later put aboard buses.

As it was those going south of Jackson, Mississippi, were already slated to ride the bus because service between Jackson and New Orleans has been suspended in recent weeks due to flooding.

Amtrak provided some food for the stranded passengers who sat aboard their train in the cold.

News reports indicated that the mechanical issues occurred after the train made its regular station stop in Carbondale, which is also an Amtrak crew change point.

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