Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is moving again

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm
Lloyd Bates | 27 February, 2019, 04:29

There were no injuries to the 183 passengers on board or crew members (a dozen). An Amtrak train carrying 183 people has been stranded in OR for more than a day and a half in wintry conditions.

The Amtrak Coast Starlight train left Seattle around 9:45 a.m. Sunday with a planned final destination of Los Angeles but hit a tree in Oakridge that evening.

Irvin confirmed that passengers have not been allowed off the train "due to unsafe weather conditions". Amtrak crews had to clear 40 miles of track blocked by snow and fallen trees to reach them. "Its been a full 30 hours stuck on #Amtrak outside Eugene, Oregon, trying to get home".

The 183 passengers were kept on the train because the heavy snow had knocked out power in the town of Oakridge, the closest populated place to the train, Amtrak said in a statement.

Crews working to clear the track were expected to reach Train 11 by 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, a spokesman for Union Pacific railroad company told The Associated Press.

Though the train is packed with people of all ages - including a number of Los Angeles-bound college students - it's mothers who may be having the most hard time on board.

Passengers said Tuesday morning that they were looking forward to getting off the train after being stranded for 36 hours. She also said there was limited cellular service.

"Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon", Magliari added.

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By Tuesday morning, at least 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said.

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".

There was enough food on the train for the passengers, the statement said.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party", Ms Dodson said.

Despite the hard circumstances, she noted that the crew had been "very professional" and were working tirelessly. The severe weather conditions made it unsafe for anyone to leave the train, and a passenger told the station that the snack cart was empty and parents had run out of diapers for their children.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot".

Red Cross volunteers greeted passengers when they arrived in the Coast Starlight train that had electricity, heat and food. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

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