May 25, 2006

Trains halted between New York, Washington

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A power outage shut down train service
between New York and Washington during rush hour on Thursday,
affecting some of the most heavily traveled lines in the U.S.
rail system, officials said.

Amtrak rail company told customers at Philadelphia's 30th
Street station that train service in the New York-Washington
division was suspended.

Amtrak officials were unavailable for comment.

"Due to an Amtrak power outage, trains between New York and
Washington are suspended," said Dan Triana, a spokesman for New
Jersey Transit.

He said the Amtrak outage affected New Jersey Transit's two
most heavily traveled lines, which move 70,000 passengers per
weekday, and some trains destined for midtown Manhattan have
been diverted to Hoboken, New Jersey, across the Hudson River
from New York.

CNN television showed video of passengers being evacuated
from a train stalled on the tracks in New Jersey. CNN said one
of its producers was stuck inside a tunnel.