Amtrak detoured around Glenwood because of slide

Staff report

Amtrak is detoured around Glenwood Springs and six other stops until Wednesday.

Union Pacific tracks were closed because of a rock slide about 7 miles west of Kremmling, UP spokesman Mark Davis said.

The line was expected to be reopened Monday evening, and Amtrak expected the California Zephyr to be on its normal route out of Chicago on Tuesday, meaning arrivals would be back to normal in Glenwood on Wednesday.

Passengers are being taken by charter buses to destinations that are being missed by the detour, said Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman.

Davis said a set of wheels on a UP car came off the track shortly after midnight Sunday. The crew inspecting the train spotted the rock slide in a spot inaccessible by road, so equipment had to be brought in by rail to fix the derailed train car and clear the debris.

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During the closure, Amtrak missed stops in Fraser, Granby, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in Colorado, and Green River, Helper and Provo in Utah.

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