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Malfunction Strands Nearly 100 Train-To-The-Plane Passengers

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - Disruptions to RTD's train-to-the-plane service lasted into Thursday afternoon after a morning electrical issue halted one of the trains. Service was completely restored at 2:45 p.m.

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Approximately 95 people were on an eastbound A Line train sometime before 8:30 a.m. when the malfunction happened near the Chambers Avenue crossing. No one was hurt, but passengers were stuck on the train for more than an hour and had to get off the grounded train with help from Aurora firefighters.

Then they had to use bus service to get to Denver International Airport.

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Inspections to the train were underway on Thursday. It appears the pantograph failed on the train, according to RTD spokesman Scott Reed. That's the spring-loaded frame that drags along the power lines to supply power to the vehicle.

At 8:30 a.m. RTD shared the following message about the disruption:

Due to a power outage, the A Line is experiencing severe delays at this time. Shuttle buses will provide service for east and west bound trips between Central Park and Denver Airport stations. Train service is in place between Denver Union and Central Park stations. Please allow for extra travel time. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power. Updates to follow.

Service was partially restored at 1 p.m. and fully restored at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

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