Amtrak train stalled for 5 hours near Delano, 30 minutes after leaving Bakersfield station
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DELANO, Calif. - Routes are running smoothly again this morning for Amtrak, but that was not the case for many passengers aboard a train leaving Bakersfield Friday evening.
A passenger train broke near Delano, causing passengers to be stranded for hours.
Amtrak officials say the train was traveling from Bakersfield to Oakland, when it broke down outside of Delano.
Officials say the train broke down near Highway 155 and Highway 43 in Delano.
The train left Bakersfield at 4:35 p.m., and broke down about 30 minutes later.
“Initially they told us we stopped to let another train go passed us,” said Rebecca Pinnell, "A little while later they came on saying they were having coolant issues and it was going to be 10-15 minutes to look at it. It wasn't for another hour that somebody came back on and said, 'Oh, we're having bigger issues, we're going to have to get another engine out here.' And we've been pretty much given lines of excuses since then."
Passengers trapped on the train said conditions started to deteriorate as the hours passed.
"It broke down around 4:30, so we are going on five hours now," said Brad Pinnell, Rebecca Pinnell’s husband.
Amtrak officials said the train started moving at about 9:20 p.m.
They believe engine failure was to blame for the train stopping.
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