Major MARC, Amtrak delays Saturday after wheel of Amtrak train comes off track in Odenton

No commuter bus service, major delays on MARC train Saturday.

Major delays were reported on Amtrak and MARC rail service in Maryland on Saturday after the wheel of a morning Amtrak train came off the track in Odenton, Amtrak said.

The Maryland Transit Administration said there would be no Penn Line service to the Odenton and Bowie stations on Saturday and Sunday as a result of the incident and ongoing maintenance in the area.

The rear car of Amtrak Train 50, known as the Cardinal — which travels three times a week between Chicago and New York — was damaged about 9:23 a.m. after its rear wheel came off the track, said Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods.

The car, bound for New York, remained standing and there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew, Woods said. However, 109 passengers on the train had to be transferred to another northbound train.

The incident also resulted in station closures Saturday.

"We ask that Odenton Station customers utilize BWI Marshall Airport Station as their nearest option and Bowie State Station customers use New Carrollton Station," MTA spokesman Paul Shepard said.

The Maryland Transportation Authority said that the ramp from southbound Russell Street to Interstate 95 South will be closed this weekend for repairs, but will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday. The ramp will also be closed next weekend, MdTA said.

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