An Amtrak prepares headed for Los Angeles with almost 200 individuals on board got here to a standstill Sunday night after hitting a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. Greater than 24 hours later, there’s nonetheless no motion. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari instructed CNN not one of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members have been injured, however, that “situations additional deteriorated with quite a few monitor blockages from snow and fallen bushes.”
“As a result of worsening circumstances, space highway closures and no viable solution to safely transport passengers or crews through alternate transportation, Prepare 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon,” he stated. “We’re actively working with Union Pacific to clear the best of the method and get passengers off the practice.” The practice nonetheless has energy, and there may be sufficient meals on board — for which passengers won’t be charged, Amtrak stated on Twitter.
Passenger Carly Bigby instructed CNN affiliate KOIN 6 the snack cart on the prepare is empty and folks have run out of diapers for his or her kids. “A variety of the [older] youngsters have been good. However, they have to run up and down, and it is so much,” she advised the information station. “Particularly the meals — it is probably not meals they’re liking. Mothers are doing all they’ll proper now.”
Bigby additionally mentioned some folks do not have good phone reception within the space the place the prepare is caught, and have not been in a position to merely contact their household. One other passenger, Rebekah Dodson, informed CNN affiliate KTVL prepare employees have remained “nice, very skilled” and morale amongst passengers has been good.