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San Francisco Bay Area commuter train derails amid heavy rainfall


An Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train derailed between Fremont and Pleasanton, Calif., yesterday, after it struck a fallen tree during a rain storm.

Of the more than 200 passengers onboard, nine were injured. Four were transported to local hospitals, ACE officials said in an incident update. No fatalities were reported.

A derailed ACE train lies in a nearby swollen creek.
Photo: The Alameda County Fire Department's Twitter account

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on Twitter today that its investigators are on the scene of the incident in Sunol, Calif., an unincorporated town about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

As a result of the derailment, one rail car fell into a nearby swollen creek, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Alameda County firefighters arrived and conducted searches of the derailed train.

The commuter railroad has cancelled service for today.

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