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

27 February, 2019, 04:29 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

A total of 183 passengers were stranded for more than 36 hours after their train got stuck in a remote and snowy part of OR and food supplies ran out.

No one was hurt when the train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks Sunday about 6:18 p.m., Amtrak said.

Officials said the passengers would be taken on to Portland once they arrived in Eugene.

Eugene, home to the University of OR about 45 miles northwest, had a record-setting 9.5 inches Monday, the weather service said.

The train was stuck for more than 24 hours from Sunday into Tuesday morning. but at 7:20 a.m. local time Tuesday, Union Pacific, which owns the rail lines, said that a locomotive began pulling the train to Eugene, according to The Oregonian. "Strangers are playing cards", Dodson said.

Passengers said Tuesday morning that they were looking forward to getting off the train after being stranded for 36 hours. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep.

Amtrak confirmed that there is ample food and water on the train, and that passengers do not have to pay for it. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

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.

Patricia Bailey, centre, and Annette Saba, right, celebrate as they disembark an Amtrak passenger train in Eugene.

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Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan told 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.

Fortunately, no one was injured, Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari, told CNN. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February. "It is dark. There is more snow on the way and we are stranded for another night".

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

Despite the hard circumstances, she noted that the crew had been "very professional" and were working tirelessly.

Passenger Carly Bigby told CTV News Channel that she was on her way to Klamath Falls, Ore., where she works as a teacher, when the train abruptly came to a halt.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot", she told the news station. "Especially the food - it's not really food they're liking".

Wintry weather also toppled trees onto Highway 58, eliminating the possibility of putting train passengers on buses, at least for the time being.

The service operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles.



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