Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm

Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm

Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm

Tired passengers patiently waiting three days aboard a stranded Amtrak train in snowy OR received welcome news on Tuesday morning that they would be moving again. And, with 183 passengers still on board, it has yet to get moving again.

In all, Amtrak's Coast Starlight Train 11 was stranded just outside Oakridge, Oregon, for more than 37 hours after it stalled.

Passenger Emilie Wyrick said the train moved about a kilometre before stopping again.

Passengers posted desperate pleas after their train slammed into a fallen tree, leaving them stranded in the snowy OR mountains. "Its been a full 30 hours stuck on #Amtrak outside Eugene, Oregon, trying to get home". "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles".

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.

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

The area where the train is stranded got 10 to 14 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. "We're down to our last meal".

The train is being pulled by a Union Pacific locomotive back toward Eugene, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the OR rail line where the train had been stranded.


Eugene is snowed in as well, and riders will not be able to connect with buses or other mass transportation there, she said.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight set off for Seattle from Los Angeles early on Sunday, according to the AP. Oakridge is about 45 miles (72km) south-east of Eugene.

She said there is now enough food on board for passengers.

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

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".

The Coast Starlight Train 11 is now near the town of Oakridge - a small town that has become further isolated by the wintry conditions, with snow blocking roads and causing the town to lose power. She praised crew members, though, whom she said had been "professional and nice" throughout the ordeal.

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

However, passenger Carly Bigby told KOIN that the train's snack cart is empty and parents have run out of diapers for their children.

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