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Vermont Amtrak passengers bussed, rail track unstable

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People traveling on the Amtrak Vermonter will be bussed following flood damage to tracks in West Hartford.

Brent Curtis, the spokesperson for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, says that's because about 800 feet of New England Central Rail track in West Hartford "has been compromised" because of a bank becoming unstable from the saturated ground.

"This all was the result of, of course, all that rain, so the ground was saturated and we were concerned about the support for the tracks, so that area was immediately shut down," said Curtis.

Curtis says it's standard procedure to check rail lines when they anticipate flash flooding.

“When we talk about this volume of rain in such a short period of time, what we look for is stability and, as a mentioned earlier, ground saturation has a, is a - very important because depending on how it's composed, and the topography, that water could either come down off an embankment, or it could shift the under, underneath the tracks," said Curtis. "So we want to be very careful that the support system for those railroad tracks is not compromised.”

Rail service was suspended at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Curtis says crews are working on the track Sunday, but no word on when it will be fixed. 

A WCAX crew on scene found the track washout damaged homes below.

Passengers will be bussed between St. Albans and Springfield, Mass, until further notice.

Contact Amtrak directly with questions here or 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Watch WCAX at 6 p.m. for a full report. 

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