A commuter train was derailed by a fallen tree in a remote area of Northern California late Monday, sending one of the cars tumbling into a swollen creek and injuring 14 people.
The Alameda County Fire Department said that 10 of the victims suffered minor injuries, while the other four had serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
“It was dark, wet, it was raining. It was very chaotic,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said. “This is an absolute miracle that no one was killed, no passengers or first responders.”
Alameda County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the Associated Press that the two front cars on the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train No. 10 went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in Sunol, about 45 miles east of San Francisco.
Images posted on Twitter showed one of the cars partially submerged in water.
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March 8, 2016
Nelson said crews had to fight the creek’s currents to pull riders from the partially submerged rail car.
Altamont Corridor Express train official Steve Walker said the train’s first car was carrying six passengers and one crew member when it fell into Alameda Creek. He said the second car also went off the tracks, but remained upright.
Altamont Corridor Express train officials tell KCBS radio there were 214 passengers traveling in the train at the time of the derailment. The uninjured riders were transported to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton after being checked by paramedics.
According to the ACE’s website, the train departed San Jose at 6:38 p.m. local time and was due to arrive in Stockton at 8:50 p.m. local time. The operator has announced that no trains will run on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.