Amtrak passengers stranded at St. Paul Union Depot following deadly derailment


September 27, 2021

Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette

This aerial view taken Sunday shows part of an Amtrak train that derailed in north-central Montana on Saturday that killed at least three people and left others hospitalized, officials said.

A deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana over the weekend left passengers stranded at St. Paul's Union Depot, where all westbound trains from Chicago now end until at least Tuesday or when the derailment site is cleared.

Elena Gubina, 67, of North Potomac, Md., purchased a vacation package through Amtrak that was to take her from Chicago to Seattle, then Los Angeles and New Orleans. Instead, she was sitting in St. Paul on Sunday with no sleep for more than 24 hours.

"They told me the train would go today," Gubina said. "I asked the ticket agent whether it would be safe. He told me that the [Depot] is very safe ... I told him I'm talking about rails. I was doubtful they will be able to repair the rails so fast after such huge derailment.


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