Deep freeze brings trains, planes to a standstill and strands travelers nationwide

  • by: JASON KEYSER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 7:10 PM

CHICAGO — The Amtrak train slowed to a crawl as it hammered through snowdrifts in an empty stretch of Illinois countryside, delivering thuds and jolts to passengers, until it lurched into a mound big enough to grind its 8,000-horsepower engine to a halt.

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