Virginia Lawmakers Continue to Demand Answers on Amtrak Blockade That Left Hundreds Stranded in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Questions still await an answer regarding Virginia’s infrastructure outages during a snowstorm earlier this month.
Sen. Mark Warner says he’s tired of waiting for an explanation from Amtrak about what he calls “an embarrassing situation” that left hundreds of people stranded on a train for more than a day in Lynchburg.
This happened when snow blocked several train tracks in Nelson County.
The train was forced to return to Kemper Street station in Lynchburg, where more than 200 people spent the next 30 hours.
These passengers said they had no food, water or functional toilets.
Last week, Senator Warner and Senator Tim Kaine sent letters to Amtrak chiefs asking to know why more was not being done to help these stranded passengers.
“Amtrak has acknowledged mistakes were made, but they have not given a formal response to Senator Kaine and my letter and patience are running out. I will be in touch with Amtrak this week and await a response.
Senator Mark Warner, (D) Virginia
Warner says he understands nothing could have been done about the storm, but he finds Amtrak’s lack of response “unacceptable.”