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Amtrak passengers stranded in Toledo

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A freight train hauling hazardous materials derailed in rural Northeastern Indiana on Tuesday causing a tanker to burst into flames. 

It happened in Ligonier, IN.  That's about 40 miles Northwest of Fort Wayne. 

Those tracks run all the way to Toledo.

That derailment left hundreds of Amtrak passengers stranded at the Toledo Amtrak station.

Those stranded passengers arrived at about 6 a.m. and cleared out around noon. 

Members of a hockey team from Albany, NY, killed time at Toledo's Amtrak station Tuesday after getting stranded there thanks to a freight train derailment in Indiana.    

"We're on our way to Green Bay for Nationals and then we wake up this morning and find out that the train derailed and so now we're stuck here," says Sean Allen, a hockey player.

Almost half of a 59-car train derailed on Norfolk Southern main line tracks around 4 a.m. in Noble County spilling chemicals.  One car caught fire.

The derailment delayed Amtrak passenger trains which use the same track: the Capitol Limited and the Lake Shore Limited.

More than 300 Amtrak passengers were stranded in Toledo since 6 a.m.

After about five hours those trains left Toledo Station.  They were re-routed heading toward Chicago.

However, the hockey team didn't re-board the train.  Instead, their parents rented cars.

"We're kind of on a schedule.  We have a meeting tonight.  It's kind of annoying but nothing really you can do," says Will Robinson, a hockey player from Albany.

"I just watched some movies on my iPad, listened to music and hung out," says Sean Phillips.

"I slept for about two hours and then we just kinda got up and chilled.  Nothing really to do," says David Fish.

"It's kind of a pain but it's all part of the experience, I guess," says Charles Barber.


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