Amtrak Train Breaks Down in Queens for 7 Hours

Amtrak Acela 2151 encountered a power issue in Queens just after 8:30 a.m. and sat for the next seven hours


An Amtrak train broke down in Queens Monday morning with more than 100 people aboard -- and sat for seven hours before finally getting to Penn Station.

Acela No. 2151 left Boston South Station at 5:05 a.m. Monday, en route to Washington D.C. Passengers took to social media just before 9 a.m. to report the train appeared to have broken down outside a tunnel in the Hunters Point neighborhood of Queens “due to a power loss of the train,” Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams said.

When the train first came to a stop, passenger Sari Brown said she didn't think much of it.

“Then when it didn’t move again, I realized something was wrong," said Brown, 65, who was on her way into New York City from Boston for work.

She said passengers on the train weren't kept informed as the hours progressed. Despite seeing more Amtrak workers on the scene, “no one could fix the train," Brown said.

As of 3:20 p.m., the train and its 106 passengers were back on the move, heading to Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan, Abrams said.

Brown said when it did start moving again, there was a smell of smoke that made the last stretch of the journey scary. It was “not a good situation, shame on Amtrak," she said.

Passengers continuing on to Washington will get off in New York and take another train to their destination, Abrams said.

There were no reports of injuries to the 106 passengers and crew members, Abrams said, adding that water and snacks were provided while the train was stalled.

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