Amtrak train heading back to Seattle after 183 passengers stuck since Sunday
27 February, 2019, 04:30 | Author: Erin Carter
Tired passengers patiently waiting three days aboard a strandedAmtraktrain in snowy OR received welcome news on Tuesday morning that they would be moving again. "We've had some rumors that the National Guard is coming to pick up the crew, but not the passengers". An Amtrak train carrying 183 people has been stranded in OR for more than a day and a half in wintry conditions.
Earlier on Tuesday, Passenger Emilie Wyrick told CNN the train moved about a half-mile - before stopping again. A tree had fallen onto the train tracks and blocked the train from moving again. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles".
Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahantold 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.
Passengers were originally told they would be delayed "a couple of hours" as crews repaired the train, Dodson said.
Passengers said Tuesday morning that they were looking forward to getting off the train after being stranded for 36 hours.
"We're running low on supplies", Dodson said in a video recorded Monday night, after the train had been stuck for 24 hours.
Amtrak has not said when the train might continue to Los Angeles.
"It was really nice to meet people pulling together", passenger Tracy Rhodes, of Scottsdale, Arizona, said in a phone interview after the train that was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles rolled back into the college town of Eugene, Oregon, with a clanging bell announcing its arrival.
"Amtrak corporation did a terrible job of communicating to us what was going on", said passenger Kim Shelton.
By Tuesday morning, at least 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said.
"I'm anxious about my job, but once we get to Eugene, it will be OK", she said.
Railroad officials chose to keep the passengers onboard instead of letting them scatter in a town of 3,200 people that was dealing with its own problems - a blackout, snow and debris-covered roads. Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February. Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible.
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