Mudslide-delayed Amtrak passengers reach Seattle
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Amtrak passengers delayed by a mudslide in Oregon finally arrived at their destination in Seattle about 5 a.m. Thursday by bus.
One of the passengers was Regina Fraser who co-hosts the Chicago PBS travel show "Grannies on Safari." She says the arrival was about eight hours later than scheduled. The Coast Starlight train left Los Angeles Tuesday morning and ran into a spring storm in Oregon on Wednesday.
The storm dropped more than a half foot of snow in the southern Willamette Valley and caused a mudslide that covered Union Pacific tracks in the Cascades.
Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said the train hit a tree on the tracks. The train backed up to Chemult, about 165 miles southeast of Portland, where passengers were bused the rest of the way.