Commuter train derails in California

2016-03-08 10:54

Sunol - A car of a commuter train plunged into a swollen creek after the train derailed on Monday night in Central California, injuring 14 people, authorities said.

Crews had to fight the creek's currents to pull riders from the partially submerged rail car, Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Sgt J D Nelson said.

Four people were seriously hurt, while 10 others had minor injuries, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

It wasn't immediately clear if all the injured were aboard the car that went into the water, or how many people it carried.

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) No 10 commuter train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton when the first two cars went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in Sunol, a rural area of Alameda County.

Just the front car into the creek. Images posted on Twitter by Alameda County Fire showed that car on its side about half-submerged in the creek water.

There was no immediate word on what caused the derailment. Officials said it was raining heavily in the area at the time.

Passengers were evacuated and checked by paramedics. The uninjured riders were transported to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, the department said.

Altamont Corridor Express said it sent buses to take passengers to their destinations. The company also said it was cancelling all train service on the line Tuesday.

The ACE No 10 train travels from San Jose to Stockton, stopping in eight cities along the way.

Train officials said the train was carrying 214 passengers from Silicon Valley to Stockton, KCBS reported.

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