These Amtrak Passengers Are Having a Really Bad Journey

Nearly 200 passengers onboard an Amtrak train have been stuck in Oregon for more than 24 hours

An Amtrak train carrying almost 200 people to Los Angeles has been stranded in snowy OR since Sunday evening after hitting a fallen tree on the tracks. The train remains stuck almost 24 hours later due to heavy snow and other debris on the tracks. Railroad officials chose 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 a stop after crew members spotted trees on the tracks. More than 30 hours later, there's still no movement. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

Amtrak spokeswoman Olivia Irvin says heavy snow and debris on the tracks kept the 183 passengers on Coast Starlight Train 11 stuck in the area.

Crews with Union Pacific, which owns the rail lines, have been helping clear a path to the stranded train, a Union Pacific spokesman told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday.

The National Weather Service had predicted Sunday that up to 2 feet could fall in the area. The company plans to terminate the train in Oakridge and send passengers, who have not been allowed off the train, back to their origin.

"Everyone knew there was something wrong because we stopped so fast", Dodson told The Washington Post in a phone interview early Tuesday morning. "The train will then move back to Eugene and Portland", the statement continued. "We are moving", she said, the camera trained on the snow-covered scenery passing by outside the window.

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The Coast Starlight left Seattle for Los Angeles on Sunday but hit a fallen tree Sunday night in the mountains outside Eugene, Oregon.

"With local power outages and blocked roads, it was decided the safest place for our customers was to remain on the train where we were able to provide food, heat, electricity and toilets", Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said by email.

By Tuesday morning, at least 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said. "We are actively working with Union Pacific to clear the right of way and get passengers off the train".

"People are restless but in good spirits", Dodson said, according to ABC News.

Amtrak said there was enough food on the train for the passengers, and that passengers were not being charged for food and water, contrary to some social-media chatter. The severe weather conditions made it unsafe for anyone to leave the train, and a passenger told the station that the snack cart was empty and parents had run out of diapers for their children. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

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