Locals shaken following crash, but Amtrak reaches out

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Many passengers traveling out of western New York’s two Amtrak stations attempted to shake off or just ignore a recently fatal train crash in Pennsylvania.

One traveler from western New York said she may have picked the wrong time to travel by train.

“This is my frist time traveling by train. I normally fly or take the bus,” Towana Dowe-Clark said. “I’m just hoping that God gets me home safe.”

Others who were on the other side of the train platform say they were just happy their loved ones stepped off.

“I’m shaken up, I was up half the morning,” Lloraine McKenrick said about waiting without knowing the status of her daughter’s train. “All is well. I just got on my knees and thanked God that she was OK.”

Amtrak assisted one family schedule a bus trip from New York to Washington after travel down the northeast corridor was cut off by the accident. The Peruvian family was visiting Niagara Falls and planned to take the train back to Washington D.C. Amtrak arranged a bus trip for the family.

Patricia Valdivia questioned their travel plans, but expressed gratitude that they wouldn’t be stranded in western New York.

But faithful riders are remaining in that mindset. One woman said she’s simply praying before she leaves.

“We’re going to pray before we go and have faith that they’ve done the right thing,” Cassandra Reilly said. “I’ve got to make a trip to see the grandbabies, so I’ll still be riding the train. They call me Choo-Choo Grandma.”

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