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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Passengers were stuck on several DART rail trains for hours, suspended several stories above the ground, while temperatures dropped below freezing.

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Passengers were stuck inside a train near Beltline Road and I-35E for more than two hours before they were force to walk on the icy tracks back to the station. Passengers were then shuttled by buses to their locations.  That train was stuck at 6:40 pm, as all of the rain and sleet that fell on Wednesday, turned to ice.

“It’s a little disconcerting. But you’re kind of up there thinking, the train operator can’t do anything about it. They’re trying to heat up the track, what are you going to do?” said stranded passenger Craig Moore.

DART rail apologized to several of those passengers, many of which called the ordeal a nightmare.

Another train full of folks were stranded for about two hours on a train near Love Field. When crews finally came and opened the doors, at least 50 passengers in all were transferred to a packed bus.

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“It was pretty bad. People were getting anxious. Some of them were trying to get off the train, people were trying to pull the emergency release to the doors,” said stranded passenger Johnny Kang.
Other passengers complained that the heat wouldn’t work and the vents were blowing cold air.

DART will be running trains all night to try to keep ice from forming along the lines.  Ice blocks the electricity from reaching the trains and cause them to lose power.

Late Wednesday night, DART issued a statement saying trains and buses will continue operating under Winter Weather Scenario 1 through Thursday morning.

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