LA-bound train passengers stranded for 36 hours in snow in Oregon

LA-bound train passengers stranded for 36 hours in snow in Oregon

"We've had some rumors that the National Guard is coming to pick up the crew, but not the passengers". The train remains stuck almost 24 hours later due to heavy snow and other debris on the tracks.

What should have been a scenic 35-hour trip from Los Angeles to Seattle became more like a journey on the fabled Oregon Trail when the Coast Starlight hit a tree Sunday evening.

Some passengers took to social media, posting pictures and video of their fellow passengers passing the time by playing cards, talking or sleeping wherever they could find space. However, snow and other fallen trees have led to "numerous track blockages", while poor weather and track conditions have made it hard to arrange alternative transportation. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

Dodson said the fix crews Sunday night worked on the train's brakes until 6 a.m. Monday, and that it gradually dawned on passengers - literally - that they could be trapped on the train for much longer than estimated.

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

But Dodson said some of the passengers had found company in their misery.

Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available. She said Amtrak personnel would service the train before it continued on back to Portland and Seattle, but she couldn't immediately say what time it would arrive in either place.

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"There's two or three feet of snow on each side of us", she said.

Some Los Angeles-bound college students have "panicked" because their professors won't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said. She praised crew members, though, whom she said had been "professional and nice" throughout the ordeal.

An Amtrak train has been stuck on the tracks for the past three days in Oakridge, Oregon. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said. Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible. Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February.

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

Amtrak says there is ample food on board.

"Amtrak has made the decision to keep the passengers on the train because power is out in the city", the statement from Union Pacific read. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

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