Impact of Amtrak crash on Connecticut travelers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There was no Amtrak service between New York City and Washington D.C. this morning after at least 6 people were killed and more than a hundred injured when an Amtrak train flipped off the tracks last night.

The one piece of good news is that, for once, this had nothing to do with Metro North, so almost everyone traveling by train in Connecticut got where they were going just fine. Anyone who was traveling south of New York on Amtrak had to make some changes.

The 7:06 Acela express arrived on time in New Haven. It is supposed to whisk passengers down to Washington, DC, but today, it’s only going as far as New York City. That’s bad news for New Haven resident Ennever Reid who has an appointment on Capitol Hill.

“They actually told me that there’s nothing going down to Washington at all today,” Reid said. “Both lines are blocked.”

Blocked by the wreckage of a deadly derailment just north of Philadelphia. The crash had no impact at all on Metro North, or anyone taking Amtrak to New York, but it meant no Amtrak service between New York and Philly.

“Everything’s fine from Boston to Penn, but nothing south of Penn,” said Amtrak passenger Jay Rubino.

With westbound Amtrak trains all stopping at New York’s Penn Station, no one is going to get west or south of New York City by the rails. That has passengers scrambling for some other means of transportation.

Andy Cain of Guilford had a ticket to Washington. Now he’s hoping to fly, but he’s still got to get to LaGuardia.

“I’ll probably do a car service or something like that,” Cain said. “I’ll just figure it out as it goes.”

Ennever Reid is now looking into taking a bus to get to D.C. She is part of a group getting ready to talk to congress about problem pregnancies,

“They’re preparing to go talk to them tomorrow,” said Reid “I would love to get there, and this would be my first time going, but because of this now everything else is on the back burner.”

Anyone with family on that train should call the Amtrak hotline at 1-800-523-9101.

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