The Amtrak train was stuck in OR after hitting a tree that had fallen onto the tracks on Sunday evening (local time). "We've had some rumors that the National Guard is coming to pick up the crew, but not the passengers".
After record snow slammed OR, nearly 200 people remain trapped on a train that came to a sudden stop Sunday evening south of Eugene.
Amtrak's Coast Starlight train left Seattle for Los Angeles early on Sunday but hit a tree in Oakridge, Oregon, about 6.20pm.
She told The Oregonian that Amtrak served the passengers some food, but people also had to rely on sharing their own provisions they brought aboard.
A 36-hour ordeal that saw 183 Amtrak passengers languishing on a stalled train in Oakridge, Ore., appeared to be coming to an end Tuesday morning, after a rescue train began pulling them toward Eugene located about 45 miles away, officials said.
More than 24 hours later, there's still no movement.
None of the 183 passengers and crew members aboard were injured, according to Amtrak.
Amtrak told KOIN-TV that no one was hurt when the train struck the tree.
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Originally heading to Los Angeles, the train will return to Seattle after receiving maintenance in Eugene, Oregon.
"We are moving and it's totally awesome", she said as trees laden with snow swept past a window.
Some Los Angeles-bound college students have "panicked" because their professors won't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said.
Thirty-six hours later, the train was finally moving again, dropping off some passengers in Eugene, Oregon.
Dodson said friendships were formed, romances may have bloomed and passengers had heat, power, phones and laptops on the train, but still, "it was weird to be stuck in a place for so many days and not be able to leave, go outside and get fresh air".
By Tuesday morning, at least 30cm had accumulated, the weather service said.
In a statement, Amtrak said, "we made every decision in the best interest of the safety of our customers", and that passengers will be getting refunds. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February. "Please send help if possible", she said.
Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said in a Tuesday morning statement that the company had decided leaving passengers on the train was the safest option.