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Tragic start to a vacation

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We just got back from our first cruise. It went from New York to Canada with stops in St John, New Bruncwick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We took Amtrak on 7/30/10 to Philadelphia and up into Manhattan. Since our cruise left on 7/31/10, a Saturday, I wanted to make sure we were up in the city the day before so we wouldn't miss the ship. We had plans to eat dinner in Little Italy and then see Promises, Promises.

Amtrak is a very convenient and comfortable way to travel into New York. I have taken the train many times over the past twenty years. This was the first time I ever heard of anything like this happening.

We were on our way into Philadelphia and the train jostled. It felt like someone threw rocks at the side of our train. About a mile or so later the train stopped. We found out that someone jumped off of a platform that the train passed by but didn't stop at. The police and the coroner came and investigated what happened. They took all of the names of the people on the train. A man that was sitting near us asked if he could get off the train and take a cab to his destination but we were all told that we were not allowed to exit the train since the police were still doing their investigation.

We were only delayed for about two hours and then they had another train come up along side ours. The Amtrak staff helped everyone transfer to the new train and we went onto Philadelphia and then to NYC. The original train stayed there for a while longer. It certainly wasn't something that I ever thought would happen and it just breaks my heart thinking about that poor person and their family. Has anyone else ever heard of this happening?

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