Commuter train derails, plunges into creek

Mar 8, 2016 11:19 AM by News Staff

Developing this morning, investigators in California are looking into what caused a commuter train to derail last night and plunge into a creek.

More than a dozen people were hurt and officials said it's a miracle no one was killed.

The derailment left part of the first car of the train submerged in a nearby creek.

Passengers are stunned everyone made it out alive.

Tanner McKenzie was onboard.

"It slid for quite a while,” he said, “I wasn't sure if we were going to turn over or not."

The accident happened after the train reportedly hit a tree on the tracks... about 50 miles outside of San Francisco.

"Soon as I knew we were stable I started listening for the screams, people were crying for help," McKenzie said.

214 people were on the train at the time.

At least 14 people were hurt, four seriously.

Sergeant Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's office says it was a difficult rescue operation.

“The rail cars under water, we had to get in and get wet, pull people out of the water,” he said. “The water is dark and cold and murky, so it’s a very scary scenario for the passengers on board.”

Rich Howell was in the second car of the train. He was reunited with his family overnight.

"There were a couple of folks who were injured and we just positioned them on the ground and a couple of people who were more severely injured we left them in the car," he said.

The train was headed to Stockton from San Jose.

Buses drove passengers who weren't hurt to their destinations.

Service on the line where the accident happened has been cancelled today.


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