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Bay Area Train Derailment Sends 14 to Hospital

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

A commuter train derailed in a rural area of Silicon Valley injuring at least 14 people, some of them seriously.

Details about the Commuter Train Derailment

The San Francisco Gate is reporting that a commuter train from the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) that was full of passengers from the Silicon Valley derailed on Monday evening, just northeast of Fremont. At least 14 passengers were injured in the incident – some of them seriously.

According to authorities, the first car in the commuter train slammed into a tree that had fallen over across the tracks and then plunged directly into a creek that was flooding from heavy rains in rural Niles Canyon. The first car of the ACE train was half-submerged in the flooding Alameda Creek with its lights still on as passengers evacuated the car. The second car was upright but also partially in the water.

Emergency crews were sent to the scene of the accident just before 7:30 p.m. local time, according to Captain Joe Medina from the Alameda County Fire Department.

Of the people who were transported to hospitals, four of them suffered from serious but non-life threatening injuries and five others suffered from minor injuries, according to emergency crews. There were reported cases of back pain, head trauma, and other complaints of injuries. There was a total of 12 people in the first car that derailed into the water, according to police.

Sergeant Ray Kelly, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said that the emergency crews had to break through some of the windows to have better access to the passengers inside the vehicle, and said that the water was a chilly 55 degrees at the time of the accident.

The Altamont Corridor Express has indicated that the trains would not run on Tuesday while crews worked to clear the wreckage and make sure there were no other obstacles on the tracks.

At least two of the cars remained on the tracks but were unstable. A total of 214 people were on the train at the time of the accident, and uninjured passengers were taken to the Alameda County Fairgrounds on buses.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have been sent to investigate the accident.

Important Information about the Safety of Commuter Trains

A Newsweek article give some insight into the wrongful deaths that happen as a result of traveling via railroad:

  • Railroad crossing deaths dropped about 38 percent from 2004-2013.
  • Every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
  • The majority of fatalities associated with railroads and trains come from a person being struck by a train and not from the passengers inside the train.

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