An Amtrak spokesperson is downplaying today’s event aboard an Amtrak train and has told Klamath Alerts that “there was never any hostage situation” aboard the Coastal Startlight 14.
The spokesperson made a brief statement to us saying that a passenger had an unknown medical problem, so the train was stopped so that passenger could be off loaded. He said “The passenger made menacing statements”. The spokesperson could not confirm who the suspect is, or any other information about that person at the present time. “The passengers were never held against their will” said the spokesperson. The train continued to Eugene 4.5 hours late after “offloading the passenger” during the incident.
Klamath Alerts will continue to bring you updates as we get them. We are awaiting an official press release for additional details.