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

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

The group of 183 was met by Red Cross volunteers when they got back to Eugene, the last station they had left before being stranded in snowy mountains.

Train 11, which operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, struck the fallen tree around 6:18 p.m. Sunday, Magliari said. So, officials decided it was better to keep passengers on the train than to let them scatter in the unlit rural area.

The train arrived at the Eugene station on Tuesday local time, hours after a Union Pacific locomotive began pulling it, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the OR rail line where the train had been stranded in the small town of Oakridge. Sunday, Amtrak said, according to KTVL in Oakridge, where the train is stuck. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

"We've been playing cards".

"Everyone knew there was something wrong because we stopped so fast", Dodson told The Washington Post in a phone interview early Tuesday morning. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep.

Amtrak said they are not charging passengers for any food or water.

Dodson said she had nothing but praise for the crew on board the train, who remained "polite and professional" despite working almost two straight days. There were no injuries to the 183 passengers on board or crew members (a dozen). Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible. Heavy snow and other fallen trees made the train temporarily unreachable.

"The train had been inoperable due to weather conditions and downed trees", Mr McMahan told CNN in an email. Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February.

Dodson was trying to return home to Klamath Falls after a teaching conference in Portland.

But she said passengers, including a party of 20 Japanese students, had kept each other's spirits up.

Despite the hard circumstances, she noted that the crew had been "very professional" and were working tirelessly. Passenger Carly Bigby told KOIN-TV the snack cart was empty and mothers with small children ran out of diapers.

As they detailed their plight on social media concerns grew, especially for families on board as they ran out of nappies and snacks from the dining vehicle. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

UPDATE: Coast Starlight Train 11 which departed Seattle (SEA) on 2/24 will terminate in Oak Ridge with no alternate transportation Chemult (CMO) to Los Angeles (LAX).

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