Passengers stuck on Amtrak train without bathroom, air conditioning

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jul 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-06 08:24:40-04

HENRICO, Va. -- Passengers on an Amtrak train that became stuck at Acca Yard made their way to Newport News on an Amtrak train early Sunday morning.

A CSX engine towed the train from Acca Yard to Staples Mill Station, arriving just after midnight on Sunday morning. There, a new engine was attached to the train cars to complete the trip to Newport News. The train departed after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

An employee at Amtrak originally said that the train was outside the station, but a viewer contacted us saying otherwise:

"HELP. Stuck on an Amtrak #99 from D.C. to Newport News, currently outside of  Richmond. No A.C. No bathrooms.  Over an hour. No hope."

Amtrak offers a tracking service for trains online, that showed that the train was not at the Staples Mill or the Richmond station. As of the most recent update on the Amtrak site, 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the train is 4 hours and 33 minutes late.

amtrak #99 stuck map

After another call into Amtrak, CBS 6 discovered the train was located at the Acca Yard. Engineers are working to replace the engine.

Northeast #99 was headed from Boston to Newport News.