After departing Seattle on Sunday morning, the train hit a rough patch of track in Oakridge, Oregon during a heavy snowstorm, and came to a stop. An executive decision was made to stay and wait for rescue crews to come and tow it out, but the whole ordeal became a nightmare for the frustrated passengers stuck on board. They were confined to the train Sunday night and all day and night Monday until approximately 8am local time on Tuesday, when crews were able to get it moving back toward Eugene.
According to passengers, things started out fairly comfortably, but the situation grew somewhat dire when food and water ran low.
“It’s been difficult to keep people’s panic down and morale up because we have no idea when we’re getting off,” said passenger Rebekah Dodson in an interview with Oregon Live. “It’s just a mess and there’s nowhere we can go.”
She also explained that while passengers were served breakfast and lunch Monday, they had to eat whatever they had with them or share after that. They also evidently ran out of drinking water and parents of young children had to devise makeshift diapers by tying washcloths together, according to Oregon Live. On the bright side, the train was apparently running on auxiliary power, and had six functioning bathrooms.