NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City-bound Amtrak train became disabled on the night before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, when two of its cars separated. No one was hurt.
Train 68, called the Adirondack, was heading from Montreal when the train experienced what Amtrak called a "mechanical issue" just before 7:30 p.m. near Albany, New York.
Chuck Reeves, a software engineer from Troy, New York, was on his way to his parents' home on Long Island for Thanksgiving and had boarded the first car behind the locomotive in Albany. Shortly after the train pulled away, he said, he and other passengers heard a pop and a hiss, smelled electrical burning, and felt a rush of cold air.
"Everyone started turning around," he said, only to see there was no more train behind them. The train soon slowed to a stop, and a conductor left the detached cars behind and boarded his car.
Some crying children were comforted by their parents, Reeves said, but for the most part, no one panicked. A state trooper soon boarded to make sure everyone was safe.
Another train was brought in to take passengers on the rest of their journey. Reeves said he opted to turn back home and have his brother drive him to his parents' home on Thursday.
The train was carrying 287 passengers and crew. There was no word on what caused the problem.
The New York State Police is investigating an incident involving an Amtrak train in the town of Stuyvesant, Columbia County. Several passenger cars of a southbound train decoupled from the engine. The train did not derail. There are no injuries and the passengers are being transferred to a new train."
— NEW YORK STATE POLICE
I'm on an #amtrak train going down to NYC for Thanksgiving. About ten minutes out of Albany, heard a pop smelled electrical burning and felt a rush of cold air. Turned around and looked back and saw the rat of the train is missing pic.twitter.com/6nPhft2qpn"
— MANCHUCK (@manchuck) November 22, 2018
Update: Due to the mechanical issue on Train 68 in Albany (ALB). A recovery engine has been dispatched to transfer passengers from the disabled Train. We will update as more information is provided."
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) November 22, 2018