|Imagine being stuck on a train that’s delayed for 20 hours. Well, that happened to this woman.
Mary-Jane Crowley and her husband, Mike, expected to arrive at their Florida destination by Tuesday morning aboard the Amtrak Auto Train from northern Virginia — a 17-hour ride.
But several hours into the journey, Crowley said the ride unraveled into a “Twilight Zone” of frustration, confusion, and what will likely be her last locomotive experience.
The Amtrak passengers eventually arrived at the Florida station on Wednesday after a 20-hour delay, apparently caused by a freight derailment. Amtrak told Insider that the incident forced the train to take a detour.
But while they were stuck, the approximately 563 passengers — per ABC News — recalled the train being stranded in the woods and at one point feeling as if they were held hostage. (A conductor had to reassure riders that that was not the case.)
“Nobody could get off of this train,” Crowley told Insider. “There were people who were starting to get irate.”