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Holiday travelers pack trains returning home

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CARBONDALE -- Many folks traveled out of Southern Illinois for Thanksgiving and Sunday, they traveled back.

Amrak expected Sunday to be one of its busiest travel days of the year, and it proved to be true at the Carbondale Train Station. 

"I'm known as Uncle Cab Driver" said Verdist Poindexter, of Cape Girardeau, originally from Chicago.

Poindexter waited a little longer than expected to pick up his nieces. The train he was waiting on arrived 40 minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.

"Lately, the last couple of times I've been at this train station it's been enormous crowds of kids coming back and forth," he said.

Amtrak conductors said that's standard around Thanksgiving —  with having to load extra passengers and bags — and 220 people getting off at Carbondale Sunday afternoon.

SIUC student Madison Chimack was one of them. She said she didn't mind the delay.

"I got to catch up on homework, read a book, and stuff, and I got to listen to music and watch the office on downloaded Netflix," Chimack said. 

And for Poindexter, also known as Uncle Cab Driver, he's just happy his nieces made it home safe and sound.

"I'd rather have a train delay than one derailed or one that come and causes other incidents," Poindexter said. 

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