Storm damage strands Holland Amtrak riders

From WZZM:

Passengers say their trip on Amtrak from Chicago to Grand Rapids has been delayed by storm damage — several times.

A viewer on the train called the WZZM 13 Information Center around 3 a.m. Monday, to report the train was stopped on the tracks one mile south of the Holland Amtrak station at 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue.  Laura Roys says a tree across the tracks is keeping the train from moving.

Roys says the train stopped in Holland around 12:30 a.m.  Monday, and has been unable to reach the station.

Ottawa County dispatchers say Holland Police are ferrying some passengers to the Holland station where they will be picked up by family or friends.

Roys says an Amtrak conductor told passengers the train service is arranging alternate transportation for the Grand Rapids-bound passengers, but that the buses likely would not arrive before 4:15 a.m.

Many passengers are sleeping while waiting for their ride, while others are talking.

Roys says the train left Chicago around 4:55 p.m. Sunday.  Later in the evening, the train was stopped by debris in northern Indiana, delaying the trip by up to two hours.

She says the train concession ran out of food around 11 p.m. Sunday.  The conductor has been going from car-to-car handing out bottles of water.

Roys says she is in the last car of the train, where the PA system is apparently malfunctioning.  She says the conductor had been keeping the other cars updated on delays, but did not realize the last car had no working audio.

WZZM 13 News has called an Amtrak for information, but a spokesperson has not returned our messages.

We have a crew headed to the scene, and will have updates online and on the WZZM 13 Morning News beginning at 5 a.m.

UPDATE 4:30 am: 93 passengers on the stranded Amtrak train in Holland have now been moved to busses, and are heading to the Holland Amtrak station.

The train was heading from Chicago to Holland and was delayed due to debris on the tracks. It was moved to a nearby train yard.

According to an Amtrak spokesperson, two area train trips are canceled for Monday; the 371 (Grand Rapids to Chicago) and the 351 (Pontiac to Chicago). Alternate transportation is being provided for those who had tickets.