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Fallen tree delays Amtrak's NE trains

3:30 p.m. Update: If you're traveling to the Northeast, the train delays are continuing between New York and Philadelphia because of signal problems caused by the fallen tree. Amtrak says crews are making repairs.

Original post: Train passengers along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor faced delays of up to two hours after a fallen tree knocked out power and rail signals Wednesday.

The tree took down overhead power wires near Hamilton, N.J., around 5:30 a.m., causing delays between New York City and Philadelphia, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. Just before 8 a.m., Amtrak trains were able to move at greatly reduced speeds, Cole said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Amtrak trains were running up to an hour behind schedule while workers restored signals in New Jersey, Cole said.

No passengers were stranded between stations, but some were placed on other trains after the railroad canceled three trains and terminated three in Philadelphia, Cole said.

The disruption came nearly a week after Amtrak canceled trains south of Quantico because a CSX coal train derailed, blocking all tracks. Amtrak trains running between Washington and Newport News, Va., and from New York to Miami, Charlotte, N.C., and Savannah, Ga., were affected by the track closure.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | August 11, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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