After being stuck for more than 36 hours, the Amtrak train with nearly 200 people onboard in Oregon is on the move again.
The Amtrak Coast Starlight train left Seattle around 9:45 a.m. Sunday with a planned final destination of Los Angeles, but hit a tree that had fallen across the tracks at 6:18 p.m, stranding more than 180 passengers and a dozen or so crew members. It didn’t move again until Tuesday morning, when a Union Pacific locomotive began pulling it back toward Eugene, Ore.
According to The Oregonian, the crew attempted to repair the train until 1 a.m. on Monday. At 7 a.m Monday passengers were told another train was coming to take them back to Eugene but the rescue was delayed due to weather conditions and downed trees.
Winter storms in the area closed roads, making it harder to reach the stranded train. Passengers, stuck on board with few updates and diminishing supplies, made the most of the situation.
Some passengers and their families expressed frustration with Amtrak, complaining that there hadn’t been enough communication about the situation.
Shortly before midnight on Monday, Amtrak announced a service suspension between Portland and Eugene through Thursday.
Amtrak faces difficult times. A spate of recent crashes and derailments, including a high-profile derailment in Washington state in 2017, have raised questions about safety. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has slashed the federal subsidy for the passenger railway, making infrastructure investment all the more difficult.