Bus with passengers on derailed train expected in Eugene

Passengers got on the bus in Portland around 3 p.m. Monday, where they received help from the Red Cross. The bus is supposed to arrive in Eugene later Monday evening.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017 7:33 PM
Updated: Dec. 19, 2017 9:14 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A bus carrying passengers rescued from the Amtrak train that derailed early Monday morning is heading to Eugene.

Passengers got on the bus in Portland around 3 p.m. Monday, where they received help from the Red Cross. The bus is supposed to arrive in Eugene later Monday evening.


Staff with Amtrak said trains heading to or from Seattle were encountering delays on Monday. They said the delays are because each train has to take an alternate route around the derailment.

KEZI spoke to one passenger who said her train headed to Oakland was delayed. She said the delay was not ideal, but said there are others things to worry about.

"I'm sorry that it's happening, but I’m more concerned with the reason that it happened,” said Jackie Meark. “The people, the fatalities, my situation is secondary to that."

There are three trains that head north that run out of the Eugene station Monday through Friday. Staff with Amtrak said one train goes directly to Portland while the other two stop in Portland and then head to Seattle.

They said overall there were only two cancelations on Monday. One train was headed from Seattle to Portland and the other was from Portland to Vancouver, B.C.

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