Storm strands 232 Amtrak riders overnight in W.Va.

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PRINCE, W.Va. (AP) - A storm that knocked down threes across several states has stranded 232 Amtrak passengers overnight on a train in West Virginia.

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm says passengers aboard a train from New York to Chicago have been stranded near the town of Prince since about 11 p.m. Friday because fallen trees are blocking the tracks in front of the train and behind it. Buses are being brought in from Pennsylvania to take pick up the passengers and get them to their destinations.

Kulm says the train has power, so lights and air conditioning are working. He says that since it's a long-distance train, it was stocked with food and crew members were able to get to town to buy more.

Kulm says passengers should be on the buses sometime Saturday evening.

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