DENVER (CBS4) – A rock slide is forcing Amtrak California Zephyr passengers to be rerouted around seven stops between Denver and Salt Lake City over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
“That sucked, but I would much rather be safer than be stuck out in the Rockies with a rock slide taking us out and killing us,” one Amtrak passenger said.
The closure is on a track near Kremmling. It was discovered just after midnight Sunday when a Union Pacific train came off the track. There were no injuries.
Crews continue to clear the rock slide. They have identified about 70 rail ties that were damaged in the slide and will have to be replaced.
Amtrak hopes to have the line reopened by Monday night.
The detour route takes passengers around stops in Fraser, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Green River, Utah, Helpter, Utah and Provo, Utah into Wyoming.
Chartered buses covered missed Amtrak stops, which meant some passengers arrived early at their destinations.
“It got me here earlier, buy nobody could come get me,” passenger Lynda Sauer said.