NEWPORT, AR - An Amtrack spokesman says passengers from two Amtrack trains have been sent on their way on buses after their trains were stopped by unanticipated track work Wednesay morning in Jackson County.
Amtrack spokesman Marc Magliari said both the southbound and northbound Texas Eagle trains were stopped about 2 or 3 a.m. The Texas Eagle provides service between Chicago and Texas. Magliari said the northbound train carried 141 passengers, and the southbound train had 162 passengers.
Magliari said a Union Pacific Railroad dispatcher told the train engineers that work on tracks between Newport and Walnut Ridge would prevent them from continuing. He said the northbound train unloaded its passengers at Newport and the southbound train stopped at Walnut Ridge to let passengers off. Magliari said the northbound passengers were put on buses that took them to St. Louis, where they were to get on another train. He said the buses for the southbound passengers took them all the way to their destinations, as far as San Antonio, Texas.
Magliari said all buses were on their way by 12:15 p.m.