Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is finally moving again

Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is finally moving again

An Amtrak train carrying almost 200 people remained stranded in the Eugene area early Tuesday, a day and a half after hitting a tree on the tracks.

Almost 200 people aboard an Amtrak train now have everyone else beat when it comes to tales about travel nightmares.

On Sunday evening, the Amtrak Coast Starlight train 11 was traveling southeast near the tiny town of Oakridge when it struck a tree at around 6:18 p.m.

Bigby told ABC News that the train doesn't carry baby formula or diapers, though, so they're "kind of just making do with what we have".

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan says crews are clearing the track and were expected to reach the train by 6am PST Tuesday.

None of the passengers are injured, but the situation has grown worse due to more snow fall and more fallen trees, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN.

"The train had been inoperable due to weather conditions and downed trees", McMahan told CNN in an email.

And Amtrak said it expects more delays as the formerly Los Angeles-bound train heads back north.

"Everyone knew there was something wrong because we stopped so fast", Dodson told The Washington Post in a phone interview early Tuesday morning. She said Amtrak personnel would service the train before it continued on back to Portland and Seattle, but she couldn't immediately say what time it would arrive in either place.


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

The Coast Starlight left Seattle for Los Angeles on Sunday but hit a fallen tree Sunday night in the mountains outside Eugene, Oregon.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party". Oakridge is about 45 miles (72km) south-east of Eugene.

Rebekah Dodson, a passenger, told local television from the train: "We can't get off because there's four feet of snow in every direction". By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

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.

For now, food and water supplies have been holding out and Aktrak hasn't been charging passengers for any extra meals.

She said the passengers include families with children and a few dozen college students - including about 20 students from Japan.

Despite the hard circumstances, she noted that the crew had been "very professional" and were working tirelessly.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot", Bigby said. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

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