Amtrak Train Gets Stuck in Snow for 13 Hours in North Dakota

March 9, 2017 Updated: March 9, 2017

RUGBY, N.D.—An Amtrak passenger train with 111 people aboard got stuck for nearly 13 hours in northern North Dakota after a blizzard blocked the tracks with snow.

The eastbound train on the Empire Builder Line between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago was to leave Minot late Tuesday but was delayed seven hours by the storm.

The Minot Daily News reports that the train left Minot about 6 a.m. Wednesday but got stuck an hour later in a snowbank near Rugby that was 25 feet high and 200 feet long.

Officials brought in heavy equipment to clear the tracks. The train was freed and went on its way about 6:45 p.m.