- An Amtrak train from Seattle to Los Angeles was stuck in Oregon for more than a day.
- The train, with 183 passengers on board, hit a tree that had fallen on the tracks on Sunday and did not move until Tuesday.
- Amtrak said it was providing food and water to passengers, but one had told a local news channel that supplies were running low.
An Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles from Seattle was stuck in Oregon for nearly 36 hours after it struck a tree that had fallen onto the tracks on Sunday evening.
“With more than a foot of heavy snow and numerous trees blocking the track, we made every decision in the best interest of the safety of our customers during the unfortunate sequence of events,” Scot Naparstek, Amtrak’s executive vice president, told Business Insider in a statement on Tuesday. “With local power outages and blocked roads, it was decided the safest place for our customers was to remain on the train, where we were able to provide food, heat, electricity, and toilets.”
Naparstek added: “Amtrak crews worked with local resources, and the train is now en route north to Eugene, Oregon. We will be contacting customers to provide refunds and other compensation as appropriate.”
Amtrak’s Twitter account said on Monday that food and water were being provided to the 183 passengers.
We apologize for the confusion. Passengers on this Train are not being charged for food or water. We are doing everything in our power to make sure they are comfortable.
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) February 26, 2019
One passenger, Carly Bigby, had told Oregon’s KOIN 6 News that the situation on board became dire as supplies ran thin.
“A lot of the [older] kids have been really good, but they’re having to run up and down, and it’s a lot. Especially the food – it’s not really food they’re liking,” Bigby said. “Mums are doing all they can right now.”
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