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14 injured as California train jumps track

The first car of the train, carrying 214 passengers, derailed after the train struck a fallen tree.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   March 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- The Altamont Corridor Express, a northern California commuter train, derailed in the rain leaving one car in a creek and 14 people injured.

The lead car of the train left the rails Monday evening and fell into a creek. A second derailed but remained upright and the rest of the train, carrying 214 passengers, remained on the track.

All those in the derailed car were rescued from Alameda Creek. Four of the injured were in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries, and 10 had minor injuries, the Alameda County Fire Department reported.

The train struck a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. Although the accident occurred during heavy rain, it is unclear if the rain caused the tree to fall onto the track.

The train departed San Jose, Calif., and was traveling to Stockton when the incident occurred at Niles Canyon between Fremont and Pleasanton.

Roads in the area were closed as buses carried train passengers to their destination. Several agencies investigated the derailment. The train service, which began in 1998 and expanded as communities in the area grew, was not scheduled to operate Tuesday.

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