AmTrak train carrying nearly 200 passengers stranded in Oregon wilderness


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An Amtrak train has been stuck on the tracks near Oakridge, Oregon since just after 6 p.m. Sunday night. 

Amtrak said 183 people are aboard the Coast Starlight train 11, which was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles. No one was hurt when the train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. 

Winter weather conditions have made it so there is no safe way to evacuate everyone. 

Amtrak is working with Union Pacific to clear the tracks and get passengers off the train. 

Passenger Carly Bigby left from Eugene and was heading to Klamath Falls — just a three-hour trip. 

Bigby told KOIN 6 News the snack cart is empty and people have run out of diapers for their children.

“A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they’re having to run up and down and it’s a lot. Especially the food — it’s not really food they’re liking,” Bigby said. “Moms are doing all they can right now.”

She said people have become progressively more anxious with a lack of information about the plan. 

Bigby heard crews had been trying to bring another engine to meet their train since 5 a.m. but there were too many trees on the tracks between their location and Eugene.

She also said Verizon is the only cell phone provider with reception in the area, so some people haven’t been able to easily contact family off the train. 

“If someone wants to deliver a pizza, that’d be great,” Bigby joked. 

Oakridge is in Lane County, southeast of Eugene. 


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