The Harrowing Tale of an Amtrak Train Stuck on the Rails for 10 Hours

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A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it.

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D.C. reporter Stephen Tschida, of ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, was on the train as rations fell short, cold set in, and passengers swelled into an anarchic mob. As @ABC7Stephen, he chronicled it all, 140 characters at a time. Here is our brave correspondent's story, unabridged and arranged chronologically:

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Politico's Ben Smith called the ordeal "the Donner Party of Amtrak." 12/16/10-12/17/10: Never Forget. [@ABC7Stephen, Atlantic Wire, image via AP]

DISCUSSION

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HammerheadFistpunch

I have a blanket, food, water and heat warmers in my car. I also carry a small waterproof case with an Emergency blanket, food, tools, etc with my in my backpack whenever Im in the backcountry or when I travel (except on planes because of the multi-tool/fire starter) and keep food in my Camera bag (Video) or computer bag as well as a toothbrush and deodorant. I also dress warmly when im out. Basically, I feel like im responsible for my own preparation in case a situation turns south. I can't be the only person that thinks about it, am I?