Breakdown of freight train delays Metrolink service to Riverside
The breakdown of a four-mile-long Union Pacific freight train Thursday afternoon has delayed Metrolink service to Riverside since 1 p.m., railroad officials said.
Mechanical problems forced the Union Pacific train to stop on Metrolink’s Riverside Line east of the Industry station, resulting in the cancellation of two commuter trains -- the 402 and 411.
Metrolink, which serves six Southern California counties, shares the track with Union Pacific, the nation’s largest freight railroad.
Jeff Lustgarten, a Metrolink spokesman, said buses are being provided to stranded passengers.
He added that Union Pacific told Metrolink that the problem should be solved by 4 p.m. If not, he said, the blocked track could severely impact rush hour service on the line.
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