Derailment strands passengers |

Derailment strands passengers

Associated Press

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” About 200 Amtrak passengers were stranded overnight in Glenwood Springs Saturday after a Union Pacific coal train on the same track derailed at Bair Ranch.

No one was injured when 18 cars on the eastbound coal train went off the track around 2 p.m., and none of the coal spilled into the Colorado River, Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley said.

Amtrak passengers heading east from California to Chicago on the California Zephyr train were being held on the tracks until 5 a.m. today, said Tracy Connell, spokeswoman for Amtrak. A bus was scheduled to take them to Denver in the morning where they would board a 9 a.m. train to Chicago.

A westbound Zephyr from Chicago will turn around at Denver to take the stranded passengers the rest of their journey, while passengers heading west to California will take a bus from Denver to Glenwood Springs to catch another train there, Connell said.

Union Pacific was investigating what caused the accident. The track, which is shared by both train companies, will be closed for an indefinite amount of time, Bromley said.

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