Running out of food – 183 passengers on board – Record-setting snowfall
“Shades of the famous stranding of the S.P. “City of San Francisco” in Donner Pass, back in January, 1952,” says reader Don Villeneuve. “It is curious to me why Amtrak took so long to make an announcement of this problem. News of this stuck train was very slow to reach the media.”
An Amtrak spokesman told CNN that the delay was caused by “numerous blockages from snow and fallen trees.” He also said there was “no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, and that conditions were continuing to worsen.
Stalled passengers could look out their windows and see a deserted stretch of Oregon Highway 58, closed due to snow and ice. The town of Oakridge couldn’t really offer much assistance, because they had lost electricity due to the weather, passenger Rebekah Dodson said.
By this morning, at least a foot of new snow had accumulated in the area, far more than the 1.1 inches that Oakridge averages in February.
Eugene, about 44 miles northwest of Oakridge where the train was stranded, was hit by a record-setting 9.5 inches of snow on Monday, the weather service said.
UPDATE Feb. 26 at 12:15 p.m. ET: A locomotive is currently pulling the train back to Eugene, Oregon.
Thanks to Don Villeneuve and Terry for these links