Amtrak train with 183 passengers is moving after being stuck for 36 hours in Oregon

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Heavy snow, closed roads delayed rescue of nearly 200 passengers stuck on Amtrak train

By Alexandra Deabler | Fox News

An Amtrak train traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles has started moving again after spending 36 hours stranded in the snowy Oregon mountains with 183 passengers on board.

The Coast Starlight train came to a halt about 6:20 p.m. on Sunday outside of Oakridge when crew members spotted trees on the tracks. The downed tree and snowy conditions prevented them from moving forward, officials confirmed.

The passengers seemed in decent spirits as the hours-long delay stretched on, causing a shortage of food and hygiene products, including diapers.

“This is hell and it’s getting worse,” Rebekah Dodson posted on Facebook along with a photo of other passengers smiling into the camera after they had been stuck for 30 hours.

“With more than a foot of heavy snow and numerous trees blocking the track, we made every decision in the best interest of the safety of our customers during the unfortunate sequence of events,” Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said, adding that customers would get refunds and other compensation.

Amtrak has not said when the train might continue on its way to Los Angeles.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

 

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