Road and Rail

Amtrak train stranded with 183 aboard after hitting tree

Key Points
  • 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.
An Amtrak train sits idleat Penn Station in New York.
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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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Key Points
  • Amtrak is preparing to revamp its network of passenger trains in order to boost ridership, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Mimicking its popular Northeast Corridor route elsewhere in the country could increase the number of passengers by millions.
  • Changing up its service would impact its storied long-distance routes.