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Amtrak train stuck in Maryland, passengers stranded after lightning disables signal system

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A passenger train was stranded north of Baltimore late Friday night after the Amtrak signal system was knocked out at Union Station.

Virginia Railway Express said a lightning strike was the cause of the issue. 

Passengers aboard the Northeast Regional Amtrak train tell 7News that the crew's hours expired so they can no longer legally operate the train. 

"We are in Aberdeen awaiting the relieving crew who is on their way to Aberdeen... By another train that is delayed due to the power outage/signal issues in DC," one passenger said.

"Boarded at 5:05 p.m. and we are still in MARYLAND. 6 1/2 hrs later the Club car has sold out of food. No water! We need help!" a passenger tweeted.

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7News On Your Side reached out to one of the stranded passengers, who said passengers are growing impatient, partly due to the fact that they say the train is out of food and almost out of water.

"No option to get off from what I know because no crew members are checking on passengers. There's no food, only emergency water. They told us a crew was 30 minutes away an hour and 10 minutes ago," the passenger's text read. "People in my car are calm but getting increasingly annoyed. By the time the replacement crew gets here, we'll have spend about 3 hours waiting in Aberdeen."

The same signal issue impacted numerous other trains in the DMV region Friday, according to officials. 

On Saturday, Amtrak posted on Twitter there would be residual delays between Washington DC and Baltimore following Friday's outage. 


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