Passengers Cheer When Stuck Train Moves After 30 Hours

Passengers Cheer When Stuck Train Moves After 30 Hours

Passengers Cheer When Stuck Train Moves After 30 Hours

An Amtrak train in the U.S. with 183 passengers aboard that had been stuck for at least 36 hours on tracks in the snowy OR mountains has finally arrived at the Eugene train depot.

Another passenger posted a video that the National Guard was coming to rescue the crew but not the passengers.

A train carrying almost 200 people was left stranded in deep snow for more than 36 hours in the US.

The Coast Starlight train left Seattle for Los Angeles early Sunday and struck the tree that evening about 40 miles southeast of Eugene.

Bigby told ABC News that the train doesn't carry baby formula or diapers, though, so they're "kind of just making do with what we have".

Road closures and fallen trees due to the snow made it impossible to transport the passengers by bus, officials said. "Its been a full 30 hours stuck on #Amtrak outside Eugene, Oregon, trying to get home". "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN none of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members were injured, but that "conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees".

Crews working to clear the track were expected to reach Train 11 by 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, a spokesman for Union Pacific railroad company told The Associated Press. The company plans to terminate the train in Oakridge and send passengers, who have not been allowed off the train, back to their origin.

Passengers said Tuesday morning that they were looking forward to getting off the train after being stranded for 36 hours. "The train will then move back to Eugene and Portland", the statement continued. We can't get of the train because there's four feet (1.2m) of snow in every direction.

Train 11 operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, Magliari said.

Eugene, home to the University of OR about 45 miles northwest, had a record-setting 9.5 inches Monday, the weather service said. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said. "A lot of us find information online before we even get an announcement on our train as to what's going to happen to us", she said. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February.

Amtrak tweeted during the incident that passengers would not be charged for food and water.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party".

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

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