Klamath Falls residents stranded on stuck Amtrak train

Rebekah Dodson shared this photo with News 10 from the inside of the stranded Amtrak train near Oakridge, Oregon.

UPDATE 9:00 a.m. 2/26/19 - The train is now moving back north toward Eugene.

Amtrak says they will be contacting customers for possible refunds or compensation deemed appropriate.


Dangerous track conditions due to weather and storm damage have prevented an Amtrak train from moving since Sunday night near Oakridge.

According to Amtrak, "Amtrak Coast Starlight Train 11 struck a tree that had fallen onto the tracks at approximately 6:18 pm."

Roughly 183 passengers are on board including numerous residents of Klamath Falls.

Rebekah Dodson is one of those passengers who says, "We have no idea how long we will be stuck, could be days."

“We’ve opened windows, we’ve gotten yelled at for opening windows," Dodson said. "We can’t get off the train because there’s four feet of snow in every direction, there’s nowhere to go.”

"Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Amtrak Coast Starlight Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon," Amtrak said in a statement. "We are actively working with Union Pacific to clear the right of way and get passengers off the train."

Dodson told News 10 the morale has been pretty good between passengers.

“We have to put wash clothes together to make diapers for a couple of the kids on the train, "Dodson said. "We got together and got some feminine products together because several people had run out already, so it’s going to be a rough night.”

Dodson said that passengers have been fed meals and "conductors have been great, very professional."

According to Amtrak, there is no ETA on when the train will start moving until the tracks can become cleared.

"Coast Starlight will be closed between Sacramento and Seattle until Thursday," Olivia Irvin, Public Relations Manager for Amtrak said. "That timing may move out to later in the week depending of the severity of the storm."

A statement from Union Pacific:

"The Amtrak train in Oakridge, Oregon, is inoperable due to weather conditions and downed trees. UP crews are in the process of clearing the track and are expected to reach the train by 6 a.m. PT. The train will then move back to Eugene then Portland. Amtrak has made the decision to keep the passengers on the train because power is out in the city. Also, with only two small hotels in town they don’t want to separate the passengers prior to having them re-board for departure."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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