Amtrak passengers spend chilly night stranded on Illinois trains
The trains were the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco area, he said. They were stranded about 90 miles from Chicago, he said.
Overnight temperatures were well below zero Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) in the region, part of an arctic freeze that is gripping much of the United States.
The passengers had heat, water, lights and toilet facilities, Magliari said. Emergency workers were nearby, he said.
Passengers on the third train, which spent the night in a train yard in Galesburg, would be moved by midday, he said.
"By about midday, nearly all the passengers from these trains will be in Chicago," he said.