Last updated: 12:45 PM ET, Tue March 08 2016

Train Derails in California, Crashes into Creek

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 08, 2016

Train Derails in California, Crashes into Creek

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Nine passengers were injured Monday night when a train car went off the rails and crashed into a creek in Northern California.

According to, officials from the Alameda County Fire Department reported that the train accident was caused by a tree that had fallen across the tracks. When the first train car struck the tree, it derailed and its momentum carried it into the river.

The second car in the train was also derailed, but remained upright and did not enter the creek. In total, all of the cars in the train were carrying 214 passengers at the time of the incident.

Nine passengers onboard were injured, and four of the injuries were serious, but not considered life-threatening. Alameda County authorities announced all of the passengers were removed from the train safely.

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train was en route from Stockton to San Jose when the train derailed near Niles Canyon. All ACE train service was cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

One of the passenger’s on the train, Jay Vijayen, told, “The train flipped over, and then I saw people, you know, falling over from the other side. The next thing we knew, we started seeing water coming into the bottom of the train. It was rising fast.”


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