(NILES, Calif.) — At least 14 people have been injured after a train derailment in Niles Canyon in Northern California, according to ACE Train, which operates a commuter service between Stockton and San Jose.
According to Alameda County Fire Department, nine people were transported to hospital, five of which had minor injuries, while the remaining four have injuries that are considered serious but non-life threatening.
Train operator ACE released a statement about the incident, “ACE train 10 struck a tree on the train tracks at mile post 34 between Fremont, Ca and Pleasanton, Ca.” Video from the scene shows the first car plunged into a nearby swollen creek.
“Crews had to fight the creek’s fast-moving currents to pull riders 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,” Kelly added.
ACE confirmed there were 214 passengers on board the train at the time.
“The service is cancelled on Tuesday March 8th. We are working with our partners to restore service as soon as possible pending a complete investigation and assurance that the tracks are safe,” the statement continued.
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