An Amtrak Train Was Stranded in Oregon for 36 Hours With All 183 People on Board (Video)
Update: Feb. 26, 1 p.m. EST: After being stranded for 36 hours, the Amtrak train is finally moving again, CNN reported. A Union Pacific locomotive is pulling the train back toward Eugene, according to Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific. "UP crews worked overnight to clear the tracks," he added to CNN in an e-mail.
On Sunday evening, an Amtrak train suddenly came to a halt just south of Eugene, Oregon. And, with 183 passengers still on board, it has yet to get moving again.
The train, CNN reported, hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks after heavy snowfall struck the region. And now, more than 30 hours in, the train still hasn’t moved an inch.
Though the train has power and heat, food and water are becoming sparse. Breakfast on Tuesday was reportedly the last meal available to the stranded passengers. However, that’s not stopping some passengers from having a good time.
"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party," passenger Rebekah Dodson told CNN. "Strangers are playing cards. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep. Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles."
Thankfully, none of the passengers were injured, or appear to be sick, but things may soon go from bad to worse as crews may not be able to reach the train anytime soon.
As Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN, "Conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees." Magliari added, "Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon. We are actively working with Union Pacific to clear the right of way and get passengers off the train."
Though the train is packed with people of all ages — including a number of Los Angeles-bound college students — it’s mothers who may be having the most difficult time on board.
"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot," passenger Carly Bigby told CNN affiliate KOIN 6. "Especially the food — it's not really food they're liking. Moms are doing all they can right now."
All they can apparently also means using kitchen cloths to replace diapers, according to Fox News reporter Bonnie Silkman.
To make matters even worse, the passengers reportedly have little to no cell service to reach their loved ones. But, hopefully, the passengers on board continue to show us all the best of humanity in a tough situation and Amtrak gets to them before things go from bad to worse.