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14 Injured in San Francisco Train Derailment

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Shalini Shah2 years ago

On Monday night, a commuter train in the San Francisco Bay Area derailed around 7:30 pm leaving more than a dozen people injured.

About the San Francisco Train Derailment

The commuter train was derailed after it hit a downed tree lying on the train tracks. One of the train cars fell into a creek in Niles Canyon, which is located in a remote area outside of the community of Sunol.

The train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton. Rescue crews pulled out passengers from the car submerged into the creek.

Reuters reports that 14 people were injured, 4 seriously injured when the train derailed.  None of the injuries suffered were life threatening.

The Alamadea County Fire Department stated that all 214 passengers had been taken of the Altamount Corridor Express.

Important Commuter Train Safety Statistics

The safety records United State’s railroad on safety track prove to be the world’s lowest fatality rate.  The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis reports the following data on Amtrak and Commuter Railroads:

  • Total accidents/incidents from 2014 to 2015 declined by 5.57%
  • 4,309 accidents/incidents reported in 2015
  • The incidents resulted in:
    • 266 fatalities
    • 4,323 non fatal conditions
    • 65 derailments 


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