Amtrak struck by boulder

A train scheduled to go from St. Louis to Kansas City will return to St. Louis after it was hit by a boulder,

GASCONADE COUNTY, Mo. ( – A train scheduled to go from St. Louis to Kansas City will return to St. Louis after it was hit by a boulder, Amtrak told News 4.

Just before 6:00 p.m., a boulder hit Missouri River Runner Train 313, which led to mechanical problems. The train was held near Morrison, Mo., a town in Gasconade County, for a time Friday night. Amtrak says nobody was injured but the boulder caused electrical damage, causing some smoke. 

Rita Holmes-Bobo took the Amtrak after her flight was cancelled due to the icy storm. Holmes-Bobo and her friend were in St. Louis for a business trip and were trying to head home to Kansas City.

Passengers told News 4 they were stuck for several hours while crews worked out alternative transportation. Employees said they were heading back to Hermann, Mo where buses would take them to their final destination. 

"When we got to Hermann, there weren't any buses like promised," Holmes-Bobo said. "We were told to get off at Hermann or continue on the train to St. Louis."

She decided to remain on the train and didn't arrive in St. Louis until after midnight. 

News 4 reached out to Amtrak about the incident, who provided the following statement:

We encourage every customer to contact us and let us know what we did well and what we didn’t. Each customer will be treated individually and we will address their concerns in that way. To open a customer case, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL or go to the contact us page at We certainly apologize for any inconvenience. 

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