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The Latest: Amtrak train reaches station after delay in snow

February 26, 2019

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

11:34 a.m.

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard that had been stuck for at least 36 hours on tracks in the snowy Oregon mountains has arrived at the Eugene train depot.

Red Cross volunteers greeted passengers when they arrived Tuesday in the Coast Starlight train that had electricity, heat and food.

The train was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it got stranded Sunday, putting a strain on passengers as food, patience and even diapers ran short.

The train came to a stop after crew members spotted trees on the tracks. Railroad officials decided to keep the passengers onboard instead of letting them scatter in a town dealing with its own problems — a blackout, snow and debris-covered roads.

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8:12 a.m.

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard that has been stuck since Sunday after hitting a tree is on the move.

Amtrak says workers freed the Coast Starlight train Tuesday morning and it’s headed to Eugene, Oregon.

The train had 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. Amtrak says it made the decision to keep passengers on the train in the interest of safety because electricity was out in Oakridge and roads were blocked by debris and more than a foot of heavy snow.

Amtrak says it was able to provide food, heat, electricity and toilets.

The railroad says it will contact passengers to provide refunds and other compensation.

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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.

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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.