Amtrak train stuck for 13 hours in Rugby, ND

Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 9:06 PM CST
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A 25 foot high by 200 foot long snow drift caused an Amtrak train to get stuck in Rugby, North Dakota Wednesday.

111 passengers were stuck for 13 hours before the train got moving again.

The Empire Builder train was delayed in Minot last night and left early Wednesday morning.

It got stuck about five miles west of Rugby.

A passenger on the train tells Valley News Live that nearly 50 BNSF workers had to use bulldozers and shovel by hand to dig the train out.

And for the last two hours, the train’s power had to be shut off for the workers safety.

In a statement, Amtrak says:

"We appreciate the offers of assistance from emergency responders in North Dakota, but our customers (111 eastbound and 96 westbound) stayed aboard the train and were kept comfortable by our Amtrak staff."