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Deliveryman takes pizza to riders on stalled Amtrak train

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    Passengers board an Amtrak train heading to New Orleans in Atlanta in November. An Amtrak passenger tweeted on Sunday that he ordered a pizza to a stalled train traveling from New York to Washington, D.C.

NEWPORT, Del. >> A pizza delivery man in Delaware got an order from an unusual address: a stalled Amtrak train from New York on its way to Washington.

Passenger Mitchell Katz posted a video of deliveryman Jim Leary walking up to the train Sunday evening as it sat on the tracks. People on board were getting restless after being left without access to food or water during the long delay and eventually some passengers came up with the idea of ordering pizza, Katz said.

Leary, a driver for Dom’s Pizza in Newport, told The Associated Press today that he cut through a backyard, navigated a steep embankment and jumped over a water-filled ditch all while balancing the two pies in order to make the delivery.

The 46-year-old Leary was rewarded with a cheering crowd of passengers and a total of $32 in tips for his effort. Leary’s 17-year pizza delivery career has brought him to addresses in 32 counties across 18 states, but he said the broken down train is one of the strangest.

“I do whatever it takes,” he said.

Amtrak apologized that its passengers were inconvenienced but said it was “extremely dangerous” for the deliveryman to approach a train on the tracks to deliver pizza.

“We are glad no one was hurt and hope this is not tried again in the future,” the company said today in a statement.

A mechanical issue was to blame for the delay, Amtrak said. Eventually, another train was brought in to take the passengers to Washington, Katz said. Amtrak’s website shows the passengers arrived more than three hours late.

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