Riders Trapped On Stinky Amtrak Train For 5 Hours In Queens

November 26, 2018 - 8:16 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It was a stinky, stuffy Sunday for passengers on board a powerless Amtrak Acela heading from Washington to Boston -- they were stuck in the broken down train for five hours. 

Post-Thanksgiving passengers aboard the Acela 2230 departed Penn Station normally Sunday morning, but they didn't make it far.

Passenger Nick Yeh told WCBS 880 that the train car was powered down shortly before 10:30 a.m.

"So we got out of the tunnel in Queens and about five minutes after we got out of the tunnel the train stopped," Yeh said. "They notified us that one of the pantographs -- basically the machinery at the top of the train that connects us to the live wires -- was damaged." 

The Amtrak crew told passengers that a repair team was on its way to the train, which was left sitting on the tracks. 

So the passengers waited... and they waited. 

Without power, the toilets couldn't be flushed, and Yeh says they filled up quickly.

That prompted an announcement from one of the conductors. 

"Remain out of the bathrooms until the conductors have gone through each and every one... trying to flush them and clean them out," he can be heard saying over the intercom. 

Passengers ended up waiting for five hours before the train was up and running to Beantown once again. 

In the end, the Acela 2230 that was due in Boston at 1:35 p.m. rolled in at 8:30 p.m.

It usually takes six hours to make the trip, but passengers were stuck on board for 12 hours.