Train to nowhere: 183 passengers stuck on Amtrak train since Sunday

Andrew Cummings
February 26, 2019

An Amtrak train smashed into a tree that had fallen onto its track Sunday night southeast of Eugene, causing an unplanned stop in Oakridge that continued Monday night.

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

More than 24 hours later, there's still no movement. Worsening conditions such as snow and more fallen trees have made it impossible for the train to continue or for rescue crews to transport those aboard via alternate transportation.

Almost 200 passengers onboard an Amtrak train have been stuck in OR for more than 24 hours. "They don't have those supplies on the train", a passenger named Carly Bigby told ABC News.

Crews are expected to reach the train by 06:00 local time, and will then move the train back towards Eugene and Portland, Oregon, Amtrak said in a statement to United States media. "Moms are doing all they can right now". "Strangers are playing cards", Dodson said.

On Tuesday at 7:54 a.m. ET, a woman named Rebekah Dodson - who USA Today identified as being a passenger on the train - tweeted "We have an engine!"

She told CNN affiliate KTVL train staff have remained "great, very professional" and morale among passengers has been good.

But she said they've all remained on the train, as there's no way of going anywhere else. "We can't get off the train because there's four feet of snow in every direction, there's nowhere to go".

Train 11 operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles. Train will turn back to Seattle (SEA).

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