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Passenger train stuck for hours in Florence County

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 12:23 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – An Amtrak train is once again moving after it had been stuck on the tracks in Florence County for hours.

WMBF News spoke with passenger Steven Locricchio who is on that train and he said they had been stuck for about 13 hours Thursday.

With the sound of its whistle, the train carrying more than 200 passengers started moving again around 1:45 p.m., Thursday.

According to Locricchio, the train is headed from Lorton Virginia to Sanford, Fla.

A representative from Amtrak confirmed the train was impacted by a CSX derailment.

CSX says around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, a cargo train derailed one railcar containing isobutylene near Loop Rd in Lake City, SC. Shortly after noon, Thursday, a representative from CSX said crews safely removed the car and resumed normal operations.

Even after the derailed car was cleared from the tracks, passengers aboard the stuck Amtrak Auto Train had to wait for new crew members to arrive before the train could continue its journey.

Locricchio says he’s relieved the train is moving once again.

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