Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is moving again

Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is moving again

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers and crew on board was on its way back to civilization on Tuesday after it hit a fallen tree and was stranded in the snowy OR wilderness for about 37 hours, railroad officials said.

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

Amtrak's Coast Starlight Train 11 departed Seattle en route to Los Angeles around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Though passengers joked about the straining situation, they also reported a "Kumbaya"-like atmosphere".

During the 36 hours that the train was stuck, younger passengers helped older ones reach their families to let them know they were all right, said Rhodes, who was traveling with her brother to visit their 82-year-old mother in Klamath Falls, Oregon. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

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

Amtrak told KOIN-TV that no one was hurt when the train struck the tree.

Oakridge averages 1.1 inches of snow in February, according to the National Weather Service, but by Tuesday morning, they experienced over a foot.

The company said it expects more delays as the train heads back north.

"We are moving and it's totally awesome", she said as trees laden with snow swept past a window.

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Amtrak's Coast Starlight set off for Seattle from Los Angeles early on Sunday, according to the AP.

After more than a day of being on the track, the Amtrak train began to move again, heading toward Eugene, about 45 miles from where it was stuck.

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 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said.

For now, food and water supplies have been holding out and Aktrak hasn't been charging passengers for any extra meals.

"I'm anxious about my job, but once we get to Eugene, it will be OK", she said.

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

"The train is stop-and-go right now due to unsafe weather conditions", she said in an email exchange Tuesday morning as the train made its way to Eugene.

"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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