Downed wire causes major Commuter Rail and Amtrak delays

WESTWOOD, MASS. (WHDH) - It was a commuter headache for riders on the Commuter Rail and Amtrak Friday evening as a downed wire caused backups in Westwood.

The Providence-Stoughton Line that departed South Station was anywhere from an hour to an hour and 40 minutes behind schedule Friday. Frustrated commuters were stuck waiting as they watched other trains go by.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be coming home tonight or staying with a friend,” said Jessica Armstrong, whose train was delayed an hour. “That’s pretty frustrating, especially on a weekend.”

Passengers said the worst part was not knowing what was going on or when their trains would start moving again. According to the MBTA Commuter Rail app and Twitter, the delays were caused by a downed Amtrak wire near Route 128. Commuters said they feel these delays have become commonplace on the Commuter Rail.

The MBTA said the Providence-Stoughton Line is now running on its regularly scheduled time.

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