183 passengers stuck on OR train for 36 hours

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

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

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers on board has been stalled in the snow in OR since Sunday night after hitting a tree that fell on the tracks. And, with 183 passengers still on board, it has yet to get moving again.

Authorities are racing the clock to free almost 200 passengers who have been stuck on an Amtrak train in OR for two days.

A train heading from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California has been stuck on the tracks near Oakridge, Oregon since Sunday evening. Railroad officials made a decision to keep the passengers onboard instead of letting them scatter in a town dealing with its own problems - a blackout, snow and debris-covered roads.

The train came to stop after crew members spotted trees on the tracks. More than 30 hours later, there's still no movement.

None of the 183 passengers or crew were injured, said Amtrak spokeswoman Olivia Irvin.

Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles collided with a tree on tracks near Oakridge, Oregon; Dan Springer reports from Seattle.

The National Weather Service had predicted Sunday that up to one metre of snow could fall in the area.

Though the train is packed with people of all ages - including a number of Los Angeles-bound college students - it's mothers who may be having the most hard time on board.

But Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available.

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Amtrak anticipates the train will be able to return to Eugene on Tuesday morning, he said.

But she said they've all remained on the train, as there's no way of going anywhere else.

What next: The train was originally stuck about 45 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon, according to the Oregonian.

Passenger Marcia Trujillo said after leaving the train: "We really wanted for nothing except for maybe some place comfortable to lie down and a shower". By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party", passenger Rebekah Dodson told CNN.

Amtrak has not said when the train might continue on its way to Los Angeles.

Passenger Carly Bigby said the train's snack cart has run out and parents are running out of diapers for their babies, KOIN reported.

Travellers were kept aboard the train because the nearest town of Oakridge was without power due to a heavy snowstorm, according to Amtrak.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot", Bigby told the news station.

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