The Latest: Heavy snows complicate efforts to move train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an Amtrak train with 183 passengers that became stranded in Oregon (all times local):

7:44 a.m.

Heavy snows felled trees and complicated efforts to get an Amtrak train that became stuck on the tracks for more than a day near Eugene, Oregon, moving again.

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train, with 183 passengers, left Seattle for Los Angeles on Sunday morning but hit a tree in Oakridge, Oregon Sunday evening. Crews tried to clear a path but their work was complicated by a heavy snowstorm that struck the region. By early Monday morning the area had received about a foot of snow.

Amtrak was trying to get the train back to Eugene, Oregon. Passenger Abbie Jeffrey told KGW that the train was moving again Tuesday morning, but it was unclear when it might arrive.


4:44 a.m.

Workers are trying to free an Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard that has been stuck since Sunday after hitting a tree that fell on the tracks near Eugene, Oregon.

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train left Seattle for Los Angeles early Sunday but hit a tree in Oakridge, Oregon, about 6:20 p.m. Oakridge is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Eugene.

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan says crews are clearing the track and were expected to reach the train by 6 a.m. PST Tuesday. He says the train will move back to Eugene and Portland.

Amtrak made the decision to keep passengers on the train because electricity is out in Oakridge. Amtrak says there is ample food on board.

Passenger Carly Bigby tells KOIN-TV parents have run out of diapers and there is limited cellphone service.

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