SUNOL, Calif. (AP) — A downed tree on the tracks reportedly caused a commuter train to derail in Northern California, sending its lead car plunging into a swollen creek and leaving nine people injured, authorities said.
Rescuers battled the creek's fast-moving currents Monday night to pull riders to safety from the partially submerged rail car, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
"It was dark, wet, it was raining. It was very chaotic," Kelly said. "This is an absolute miracle that no one was killed, no passengers or first responders."
Four people were seriously hurt, while five others had minor injuries, the Alameda County Fire Department said. The department had been saying in the first hours after the crash that 14 people were injured.
Backshophoss wrote:The track was at 40 mph MAS,Train was reportly running at 35 mph. Track is owned by UP, cab car 3908 will need repairs at afor 6 train/day? i wouldn't hold my breath, sadly.
car shop. Will ACE and UP fund and put in a slide dectector fence in this valley?