Train Derails into Alameda Creek Injuring Nine - March 7, 2016
Nine people were injured on Monday March 7th, when a train derailed sending one car into the Sunol Creek. Four of the injured suffered serious, although non-life threatening injuries. The other five were treated for minor injuries.
All nine injured passengers were in the car that went into the creek. There were approximately 200 people on the train at the time of the accident. According to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, the two front cars left the tracks on Niles Canyon Road, one mile west of Suncol.
The area of Niles Canyon is infamous for landslides and its lack of alert system for engineers travelling the path. The sheer luck at no one being hurt has brought officials to quick action. The transit agency resumed service Wednesday. Spokesman for the Altamont Commuter Express, Brian Schmidt, revealed plans to meet with Union Pacific, the owner of the track, to ensure some fencing that senses and alerts engineers of mud slides, rock slides falling trees and rocks is placed in the area.