Freight train derailment causes ordeal for Amtrak passengers

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CHICAGO (AP) _ What was to be a five-hour trip between Chicago and St. Louis turned into a 14-hour ordeal for passengers aboard an Amtrak train due to a truck accident and the derailment of a freight train.

The Amtrak train left Chicago late Monday with 150 passengers and returned to the city early Tuesday. The trip was halted by the derailment of nine rail cars carrying corn at an elevator near Pontiac.

According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department said a mechanical error with the rails caused the Union Pacific train to leave the track.

Spokesman Marc Magliari said the Amtrak train was first stopped for four hours near Joliet due to a truck accident. The train was forced to stop a second time near Dwight because of the derailment.

After returning to Chicago, passengers were put on buses to get to their destinations.

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