Amtrak train heading back to Seattle after 183 passengers stuck since Sunday

Amtrak train heading back to Seattle after 183 passengers stuck since Sunday

An Amtrak train traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles with 183 passengers got stranded in the snowy mountains of OR for at least 36 hours, putting a strain on passengers as food, patience and even diapers ran short.

"Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Amtrak Coast Starlight Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon", Amtrak said, according to KTVL.

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.

Passenger Carly Bigby told CNN affiliate KOIN 6 the snack cart on the train is empty and people have run out of diapers for their children.

After more than a day of being on the track, the Amtrak train began to move again, heading toward Eugene, about 45 miles from where it was stuck.


Amtrak confirmed that there is ample food and water on the train, and that passengers do not have to pay for it.

Some passengers took to social media, posting pictures and video of their fellow passengers passing the time by playing cards, talking or sleeping wherever they could find space.

"We can't get off the train because there's four feet of snow in every direction", she told the news station. "A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep".

While they were stalled all those hours at Oakridge, passengers could see a deserted stretch of Oregon Highway 58, closed due to snow and ice.

Rebekah Dodson, a passenger, tweeted Tuesday morning that help finally arrived, as a relief crew gained access to the train, according to CBS News.


"Amtrak has made the decision to keep the passengers on the train because power is out in the city", the statement from Union Pacific read.

Train 11 operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, Magliari said.

Bigby said they ran out of food on Monday night so Tuesday's announcement couldn't have come soon enough. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

Magliari says Amtrak anticipates the train will return to Eugene, Oregon, Tuesday morning.

Rebekah Dodson boarded the train Sunday afternoon in the small OR city of Albany and had expected to be in Klamath Falls by 9:50 p.m.


"We are moving and it's totally awesome, " she said as trees laden with snow swept past a window.

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