Amtrak train stuck in Oregon for more than a day is moving

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers and crew on board was on its way back to civilization on Tuesday after it hit a fallen tree and was stranded in the snowy OR wilderness for about 37 hours, railroad officials said. Crew members had been "professional and nice" throughout. An Amtrak train carrying 183 people has been stranded in OR for more than a day and a half in wintry conditions.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight train left Seattle for Los Angeles early on Sunday but hit a tree in Oakridge, Oregon, about 6.20pm. But, hopefully, the passengers on board continue to show us all the best of humanity in a tough situation and Amtrak gets to them before things go from bad to worse. A tree had fallen onto the train tracks and blocked the train from moving again.

Dodson, who said she had conducted more than a dozen media interviews during the stoppage, moved down the aisle to get passenger reaction.

The area where the train is stranded got 10 to 14 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available.

But she said they've all remained on the train, as there's no way of going anywhere else.

UPDATE: Coast Starlight Train 11 which departed Seattle (SEA) on 2/24 will terminate in Oak Ridge with no alternate transportation Chemult (CMO) to Los Angeles (LAX).

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris
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The train arrived at the Eugene station on Tuesday local time, hours after a Union Pacific locomotive began pulling it, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the OR rail line where the train had been stranded in the small town of Oakridge. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

Amtrak tweeted during the incident that passengers would not be charged for food and water.

Passenger Marcia Trujillo said after leaving the train: "We really wanted for nothing except for maybe some place comfortable to lie down and a shower".

In a statement provided to KTVL, Union Pacific wrote that "Amtrak has made the decision to keep the passengers on the train because power is out in the city".

But she said passengers, including a party of 20 Japanese students, had kept each other's spirits up.

A passenger on the train, Rebekah, told KIRO 7 that on Tuesday morning, the snack carts were empty and people were making diapers out of napkins and safety pins.

"A lot of the (older) kids have been really good, but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot", she said, according to KOIN.

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