Local teenager stuck on Amtrak train

hundreds of passengers stranded because of snow drifts on the tracks

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by Michele McCormack

FOX POINT-A local mom waiting for the return of her teenager who is one of hundreds stuck on Amtrak trains stopped in their tracks by drifting snow.

"He just kept saying the train's not going anywhere, the train's not going anywhere," Heidi Havens told CBS 58 News, "and this went on for days."

Havens says it's been a real struggle tracking her son's whereabouts. When his cell phone is charged he checks in.

He left Ohio late Sunday night and got stuck near Indianapolis.

His was one of several trains that were apparently blocked by drifting snow.

Amtrak canceled half of its Milwaukee to Chicago routes Tuesday.

Hundreds of passengers stuck in Illinois were taken by bus to Chicago Tuesday morning.

As for Havens' son, Benjamin, his return is still up in the air.

"We didn't know where he was," Havens said, "he didn't know where he was. He couldn't see out the window. We'd call Amtrak but everybody was calling Amtrak. So, it was really scary. I was sick to my stomach about it."

Benjamin told his mother there was heat and food on the train. At last report, he was taken to a hotel.

How exactly and when he's getting back to the Milwaukee area is still unclear.

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