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NYC train detailment haults travel locally
RENSSELAER -- Weary passengers sat and waited to see whether or not they would be able to get from point A to point B. Amtrak halted service between New York City and Albany, after a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. One train scheduled to leave Rensselaer for New York at 8:15 Sunday morning, departed almost three hours later at 11:30.
"I was proactive i made a reservation for tomorrow 7:30am megabus, and I made a 5am reservation for tomorrow on Amtrak because this is serious," says one passenger, Ronnye Shamam
Travelers remained calm and understanding amid the circumstances. Some a little anxious about getting on a train after hearing the news.
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't yes," said Tristian Byrnes of Kinderhook.
"It's really tragic. I'm alive, I'm healthy, I'm going to get home, and it really puts things into perspective for you really," said Patrick Lawrence, who was trying to go home to New York.
"You know we all have schedules and things to do and our hearts go out to those people who have lost people in their families," says Shamam.
Amtrak is recommending that all it's passengers, if they must get to their destination on Sunday, to chose an alternate route of travel. Unfortunately enough for them they also say that this is one of their busiest travel days of the entire year.
"I'm going to see if i can get on a bus. A Greyhound, Trailblazer, one of those and then see if I can go back to college. If not I'm going to stay with my brother at his house," says Devin Dejoode.
Metro-North says service on its New Haven line in Connecticut is not affected by Sunday's derailment on its Hudson line in New York City. Amtrak says service on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line between Boston and Washington was unaffected.
If you know someone that was aboard the derailed train, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has set up a family center for those seeking the status of a loved one. A number to call would be 718-817-7444, or dial 311 within New York City, or 212-639-9675.