Pizza delivered to hungry people on stalled Amtrak train

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— Mitch Katz (@MitchKatz) May 14, 2017

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Stuck on @amtrak 161 got hangry and problem solved

— 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. NEWPORT, Del.

23, 2016, file photo, passengers board an Amtrak train heading to New Orleans in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) In this Nov.

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.

Leary, a driver for Dom’s Pizza in Newport, Delaware, tells The Associated Press 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.

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 a pizza, Katz said. Passenger Mitchell Katz posted a video of delivery man Jim Leary walking up to the train Sunday evening as it sat on the tracks.

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

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Amtrak didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
“I do whatever it takes,” he said.