Metro-North Power Outage Strands 200 Passengers in Westport

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 9:24 AM EDT
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Metro-North Power Outage Strands 200 Passengers in Westport

A Metro-North train carrying 200 passengers became stuck in the cold Westport Wednesday night after it lost heat and power, according to Metro-North officials.

Those passengers were on the 7:34 p.m. train from Grand Central to Union Station to New Haven when there was a wire problem that knocked out power and heat just before reaching the Greens Farms Station around 9 p.m.

“Finally got back to good old New York, find myself a train and next thing we know, it feels like we hit something or maybe a wire snapped or something like that,”  said Adam Christoferson.

The East Haven man had flown from Washington state to Newark, then traveled to Grand Central and was making his way home. 

A rescue train that arrived at around 9:50 p.m. had switch problems and the nearly 200
passengers didn't actually board it until shortly before 11 p.m.

Some passengers said they weren't too bothered by the delay.

“No one was upset. No one was aggravated. Everyone was pretty good and I’ve got to tell you, the people on Metro-North did a great job,” Mike Petrella, of Wethersfield, said.

This morning, Metro-North is telling customers to expect delays of up to 30 minutes in the area of Greens Farms because of weather-related conditions and wire damage.

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