ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The sights along the Seward Highway attract visitors from all over the nation -- but those same sights may be drawing people into dangerous situations, after an Alaska Railroad train had to make an emergency stop to avoid hitting dozens of children sitting on the tracks.
Tourists Derrell and Dot Dore, visiting from Louisiana, saw the chaperoned group of day campers from Camp Bear Valley near the scenic highway south of Anchorage.
“We saw some children, family members sitting on a railroad track, taking pictures,” Dot Dore said.
Railroad spokesperson Tim Sullivan said the group forced a Spencer Glacier passenger train to stop at Bird Point at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Sullivan said the train's engineer spotted the kids -- nearly 50 of them, plus a dozen leaders -- spread out along three-tenths of a mile of tracks ahead of the train.