Ind. train derailment strands Amtrak passengers

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LIGONIER, Ind. (AP) -- More than 300 Amtrak passengers traveling to Chicago have been stranded in Ohio by a freight train derailment in northeastern Indiana.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says two trains were waiting Tuesday at the Toledo, Ohio, station for the track to open or a detour to be found. He says the Lake Shore Limited from New York and Boston has 165 passengers, and the Capitol Limited from Washington is carrying 197 passengers.

Magliari says Amtrak is arranging buses or other transportation for short-distance passengers.

He says the track between Amtrak's stations at Elkhart and Waterloo was closed due to a fiery freight train derailment near Ligonier, about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

Authorities say about a half-dozen homes in the area were evacuated because the train carried hazardous substances.