California commuter train derails; several hurt

Posted at 10:02 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 06:20:44-05

A commuter train traveling in Central California derailed Monday night and the front car plunged into a swollen creek, injuring 14 passengers, authorities said.

The rail car was partially submerged in water and crews had to fight the currents to get people out, Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

The Alameda County Fire Department said everyone on the car was evacuated but four people were seriously hurt, while 10 others had minor injuries.

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train No. 10  commuter train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton when it went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in Sunol, a rural area of Alameda County about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

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

Officials said it was raining heavily in the area at the time of the accident.

After the passengers were evacuated, they were checked by paramedics. The uninjured passengers were transported to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, the department said.

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