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A storm that knocked down trees across several states stranded 232 Amtrak passengers for more than 20 hours at a West Virginia ...
station before they were picked up by buses on Saturday night. (July 1)
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[Notes:CINCINNATI, SOURCE: WCPO 7/1/12][Notes:VO: BUS PULLING IN]BY THE TIME THE BUS FINALLY PULLED INTO CINCINNATI, THOSE ON BOARD MUST HAVE FELT LIKE THEY'D BEEN TRAVELING FOR DAYS. THEY NEARLY WERE. (SOT: Alvin French/PASSENGER)We managed. We got through it after 21 hours and we are here now and we'll continue to our destination.[Notes:MAP/GRAPHIC]THE PASSENGERS ON THIS BUS HAD BEEN ON AN AMTRAK TRAIN THAT LEFT NEW YORK CITY, BOUND FOR CHICAGO. IT STOPPED IN PRINCE, WEST VIRGINIA FRIDAY NIGHT DUE TO STORMS THAT KNOCKED TREES ONTO THE TRACKS. AND THERE IT SAT.(SOT: Sonia Turner/PASSENGER)it was a good ride until I heard the weather and heard the stuff hitting the side of the train and and next thing I know we were stopped. It was pitch black and I didn't know what was going on. (SOT: Alvin French/PASSENGER)Well. Being stuck for 21 hours on the train with nothing to do and total darkness other than what was on the train as far as the lights. There was power out everywhere. No power. No cellphones. No radios. No nothing. It was like isolation. Total isolation.THE TRAIN HAD POWER AND AIR CONDITIONING.(SOT: Sonia Turner/PASSENGER)The bathrooms worked until the water went so we had to , it was like a domino effect we had to go from car to car to car until that ran out. By that time the busses and come and we were able to get out of there.PASSENGERS WERE ABLE TO GET ON AND OFF THE TRAIN AND TO WALK AROUND. ON BOARD, THEY SHARED FOOD AND LOOKED OUT FOR EACH OTHERS' KIDS.(SOT: Alvin French/PASSENGER)Some were upset. Others were comfortable with it because there was nothing you could do when you have the power out and nothing but pountains on both sides at nighttime and no illumination except on the train. There was nothing.(SOT: Kathy Newkirk/PASSENGER)it's been fine. It has been an adventure. I think the train people were very nice. We were fortunate that they stopped in an area where we could get on and off the train so we weren't confied the whole time, which helped. And everybody's been very nice about it. They've tried very hard to get us where we need to be. BY 8:20 SATURDAY NIGHT, THE PASSENGERS WERE PICKED UP BY BUS AND TAKEN TO THEIR FINAL DESTINATIONS.MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: matt friedman---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: wcpo-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: courtesy----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:e1541BC-US--Summer Storms, 4th Ld-Writethru,863o7979BC-US--Summer Storms-Train Stranded, 2nd Ld-W