Video: Train derailment near Sunol injures 9 people

UPDATE 11:19 P.M.: Alameda County fire has downgraded the number of people injured from 14 to 9. Five suffered minor injuries and four have serious injuries.

All are non-life-threatening.

Watch the KRON Morning News starting at 4 a.m. for the latest on this breaking news story.




SUNOL (KRON) — Alameda County Fire has confirmed an ACE train derailment in Sunol Monday evening, according to spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

CALFIRE confirms that it is also sending resources to Sunol to assist Alameda County Fire. The incident happened in the area of 5500 Niles Canyon Road.

All people onboard have been rescued and are being assessed.

The train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton, authorities said. The front car fell into a creek.

The first rail car of the train rolled into Alameda Creek, landed on its side and began to flood, according to Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly.

Car No. 2 derailed but was upright. Cars No. 3 through 5 were unaffected.

“Our deputies as well as firefighters from surrounding agencies did everything to get into that train, at risk to their own lives, and were able to get the people out of that rail car and then evacuate another 250 people out of the remaining rail cars,” Kelly said.

Fourteen people were injured. Out of 14 injured victims, 10 of them suffered minor injuries and 4 suffered serious injuries. None of the injuries suffered are thought to be life-threatening, according to firefighters.

“It is absolutely a miracle that nobody was killed,” Kelly said.

Passengers who were not injured are being moved to the Alameda County Fairgrounds by bus, according to firefighters.

According to KRON’s Kate Cagle, a fallen tree on the tracks is likely the cause of the derailment.

Niles Canyon is currently closed due to the collision involving a commuter train in the canyon, Fremont police said. The canyon is expected to be closed for several hours.

Alameda County sheriff spokesman J.D. Nelson also confirmed that there was a train derailment near Sunol, where at least one car reportedly derailed off tracks. Nelson also said the train car was partially submerged in water and crews were working to get people out.

Nelson says the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train No. 10 went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in a rural area of Alameda County.

Images posted on Twitter by Alameda County Fire shows one car on its side about half-submerged in the creek water.

There were 214 passengers on the train and five cars on the trip.

“The most important thing is for people to know that their families are okay,” Kelly said. “We don’t want anyone to panic at this point. Everyone’s alive and they’re going to be safe.”

ACE service is closed Tuesday and may be closed Wednesday too.

Stay with KRON for updates on this breaking news story, on-air, online, and on the KRON4 app.

Bay City News and KRON’s Kate Cagle contributed to this report.



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