A San Francisco Bay Area commuter train derailed Monday evening injuring nine people on board. According to officials, four of those nine were seriously hurt.
The Altamont Corridor Express, which transports commuters between Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, hit a tree on the tracks near Niles Canyon Road around 7:45 p.m. The ACE train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton.
The first train car, carrying six passengers and one crew member, fell into the Sunol Creek. There were over 200 passengers on board the train at the time of the accident.
All of the passengers were evacuated from the train and were triaged by emergency personnel. Four people sustained serious injuries.
Uninjured passengers were transported to Alameda County Fair Grounds. ACE announced there will be no train service Tuesday.
There was heavy rainfall at the time of the crash. A mudslide or severe winds could have knocked down the tree. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the accident.
The Bay Area has one of the most extensive commuter rail networks on the West Coast. Although train accidents are infrequent, they cause big injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a train accident, its important to protect your rights.
Bergener Mirejovsky is a personal injury law firm serving people hurt in accidents throughout California. Call 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation.
Story updated Tuesday, March 8th at 8:50 a.m.