Passengers band together on Amtrak train stuck in the OR mountains

27 February, 2019, 04:29 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • Nearly 200 people are stranded on an Amtrak train near Eugene after it hit a tree on the tracks on the evening of Feb. 24 2019. Railroad officials estimate being able to clear enough snow on the tracks to reach passengers by early Feb. 26. (Courtesy of R

An Amtrak train that was stranded in a remote and snowed-in part of OR for more than a day after hitting a fallen tree pulled into Eugene shortly before noon Tuesday, to passengers' great relief.

The Coast Starlight train carrying 183 people was travelling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it was struck by a falling tree falling about 72 kilometres southeast of the town of Eugene, Ore. on Sunday evening.

Railroad officials opted to keep the passengers on the train - which had electricity, heat and food - instead of sending them into the town of Oakridge, which was dealing with its own problems, including a blackout, snow and debris-covered roads. Railroad officials made a decision to keep the passengers onboard instead of letting them scatter in a town dealing with its own problems - a blackout, snow and debris-covered roads.

Thirty-six hours later, the train was finally moving again, dropping off some passengers in Eugene, Oregon. He said the train will not continue on to Los Angeles, but will return to Eugene and Portland. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

To pass the time, Rhodes and her brother browsed the internet and played war, speed and cribbage with cards they bought in the cafe.

Ms Dodson said passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available.

Late Monday night, Amtrak said on Twitter that passengers on board the train were not being charged for food or water.

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One passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told KTVL News: "We've gotten yelled at for opening windows". "Please send help if possible", she said.

None of the 183 passengers on board were injured in the incident, Amtrak noted. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February.

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan told The Associated Press that crews attempting to clear the train tracks of downed trees were hampered by the fierce storm, which left approximately 30 centimetres of snow on the ground by Monday morning. The train is surrounded by feet of snow. "A lot of us find information online before we even get an announcement on our train as to what's going to happen to us", she said. Crew members had been "professional and nice" throughout.

Another passenger, Carly Bigby, told KOIN 6 News on Monday that the snack cart was empty and children were restless.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot". "Especially the food - it's not really food they're liking".

Amtrak's Coast Starlight set off for Seattle from Los Angeles early on Sunday, according to the AP. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

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