Amtrak engine separates from cars full of passengers headed to New York, stranding them in the cold

ALBANY, NY —  The engine car of an Amtrak train from Albany separated from the rest of the train, leaving passengers headed to New York City for Thanksgiving stranded in the cold.

The engine car of an Amtrak train from Albany separated from the rest of the train, leaving passengers headed to New York City for Thanksgiving stranded. (Twitter/Joanne Ortiz)

“Basically the engine took off, leaving the entire train and passengers behind,” one woman tweeted after her son sent her a picture. “Is this how you get college kids home for the holidays?”

Amtrak referred to the problem as a “mechanical issue” dispatched a recovery engine, which arrived in Albany about 40 minutes after the separation. The train was running more than three hours behind schedule after the transfer to a new train was completed.

Another rider tweeted that he heard a noise shortly after the train left Albany.

“About 10 minutes out of Albany, heard a pop smelled electrical burning and felt a rush of cold air,” he tweeted. “Turned around and looked back and saw the rat of the train is missing.”

There were no reported injuries to the 287 passengers or crew, an Amtrak spokesperson said.

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