Teen passenger speaks about time on stuck Amtrak train due to sinkhole

Teen passenger speaks about time on stuck Amtrak train due to sinkhole

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A sinkhole opened up along the railroad tracks in East Texas Sunday night. According to Union Pacific, the sinkhole caused traffic along the tracks to be delayed in the Edgewood area in Van Zandt County.

One of those trains was an Amtrak train filled with passengers.

Fifteen-year-old Kloey Sanders was on that train traveling from her home in Temple to Longview.

"So we were going pretty fast at the beginning, and like we just slowly slowed down, and usually, it does that when we're going over a bridge or something, so I thought nothing of it," she said.

However, then the conductor announced what was going on over the intercom.

"So at first, they just said that the train's going to have to stop because there's trains in the way [...] and they were trying to get them out of the way to get into the station," she said. "Well eventually like an hour or so they were like no there's a sinkhole."

According to an Amtrak spokesman, the train did not enter the sinkhole and stopped outside of Mineola for six hours while the tracks were repaired.

The spokesman said crews had to deliver ballast rock to the scene in order to stabilize the track.

While the train was delayed for six hours Sanders said it turned her trip into a 16-hour ride.

"I was thinking I'm glad that we didn't go over it, but if there's like a minor chance that we could of went over it, and it collapsed, I don't know what I would tell my family," Sanders said.

Needless to say, the teen's family was worried but happy she was safe.

The Amtrak spokesperson said passengers still had access to food, water, and the bathroom on the train while it was delayed.

The teen's mom is requesting a refund from Amtrak for the delay. We have reached out to the company to see how they will be compensating passengers.

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