Altamont Corridor Express train derails in Sunol, 1 car falls into creek

A commuter train derailed Monday evening and the front car fell into a Sunol creek, injuring over a dozen people, authorities said.

A large tree on the tracks caused Altamont Corridor Express train No. 10 to crash at 5500 Niles Canyon Road at about 7:45 p.m., authorities said. Fremont police said 14 people were injured, four of whom sustained serious injuries.

The train was believed to be carrying 214 passengers, authorities said, and one car carrying about nine people was thrown into Alameda Creek. Images posted on Twitter by the Alameda County Fire Department show the train car on its side and half-submerged in water.

All passengers have been removed from the train and are being assessed, officials said. ACE sent buses to the crash site to transport uninjured commuters to the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Multiple agencies, including the Fremont Police Department and Alameda County Fire Department responded to the scene. Police shut down Niles Canyon Road and expect it to remain closed until further notice.

The ACE train was traveling from San Jose to Stockton, according to its website. Railway officials said after the derailment that there will be no ACE train service Tuesday.

At the time of the accident, officials reported that it was raining heavily in Sunol, a rural area of Alameda County about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

Further details were not immediately available.

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