Amtrak train stranded in OR after hitting tree

Amtrak train stranded in OR after hitting tree

Amtrak train stranded in OR after hitting tree

An Amtrak train stuck in the OR snow since Sunday got moving again Tuesday after almost 200 passengers waited for about 36 hours, officials said.

The Coast Starlight train carrying 183 people was travelling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it was struck by a falling tree falling about 72 kilometres southeast of the town of Eugene, Ore. on Sunday evening.

"People are restless but in good spirits", Dodson said, according to ABC News.

Magliari says Amtrak anticipates the train will return to Eugene, Oregon, Tuesday morning. "UP crews worked overnight to clear the tracks", he added to CNN in an e-mail.

An engine had arrived to tow their train back north, but it would likely be several more hours before they would be moving, she said.

Carly Bigby, a teacher aboard the train, had been visiting Eugene with her fiance and was trying to figure out how to get back home to Klamath. But a day later they were still on the train and stranded by snow.

The area where the train is stranded got 10 to 14 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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Bigby, who said cell service is scarce, also joked about the incident, telling KOIN, "If someone wants to deliver a pizza, that'd be great". Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February.

Road closures and fallen trees due to the snow made it impossible to transport the passengers by bus, officials said. Union Pacific, which owns the rail lines, have been helping clear a path to the carriages and expect to reach the train by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning local time.

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

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party", Dodson told CNN early Tuesday. "A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep".

Dodson, who said she had conducted more than a dozen media interviews during the stoppage, moved down the aisle to get passenger reaction.

Still, she said, the "hardship" had been stressful as passengers could not go anywhere. The train is surrounded by feet of snow. Some Los Angeles-bound college students had "panicked" because their professors wouldn't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said.

Despite the hard circumstances, she noted that the crew had been "very professional" and were working tirelessly. "Mums are doing all they can right now".

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