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More than 500 passengers stranded on 3 Chicago-bound Amtrak trains

Updated: January 7, 2014 10:11AM

CHICAGO — Blowing and drifting snow in north-central Illinois stopped three Amtrak passenger trains headed for Chicago.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said more than 500 passengers were aboard the trains — the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay area.

The trains were halted late Monday near Mendota, about 80 miles west of Chicago.

According to Magliari, the trains were operating on tracks owned by the BNSF railroad. He says BNSF employees are working to reopen the tracks to get the trains moving.

Magliari said passengers would remain on the trains and were being fed and kept comfortable by the crew. He said Amtrak officials were in contact with emergency responders in case passengers encounter problems.

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