Amtrak passengers stuck for 6 hours at Ferndale

Allison Roberts News

Passengers on an Amtrak Cascades train sat for six hours in Ferndale, Whatcom County, on Sunday night, because a freight train had become uncoupled and blocked the tracks ahead.

Train 517 left Vancouver, B.C., for Seattle around 5:45 p.m. with about 300 people aboard, said passenger Rachel Lane, 34, who said she was returning from a birthday trip, accompanied by her partner and sister.

At 7:40 p.m. the Cascades train stopped, and a conductor explained over the intercom that a coal train had become uncoupled on the track, according to Lane.  Two people got off the train in Ferndale, and caught a cab on a roadside, without being restrained by railroad staff, she said.

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