The Latest: Officials now say 9 hurt in Calif. derailment

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Posted: Mar 08, 2016 3:18 AM
The Latest: Officials now say 9 hurt in Calif. derailment

SUNOL, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a commuter train derailment in California. (all times local):

12:01 a.m.

The Alameda County Fire Department is now saying just nine people were injured when their commuter train derailed.

The department had been reporting that 14 people were hurt.

But hours after Monday night's crash, officials put the injury toll at nine people: four with serious injuries and five with minor.

11:45 p.m.

Passengers of a train that derailed by a downed tree are describing a harrowing scene of panic and confusion.

Rak Akhter tells San Jose television station KNTV he was in the front car that fell into the Alameda Creek.

He says he saw a woman just under a train car hanging off the tracks.

Akhter says "we were all just panicking."

Passenger Russell Blackman tells KGO-TV he was in the second car, which went off the track and stopped right at the edge.

He says he was thrown from his seat and hurt his shoulder.

10:30 p.m.

Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says a large tree that fell into the tracks during heavy rain caused a commuter train to derail, injuring 14 people.

Kelly says it's "a miracle" no one was killed in the accident Monday night.

He says first responders had to work through a fast-moving creek to get passengers out from the front car, which plunged into the water.

Altamont Corridor Express train official Steve Walker says the first car was carrying six passengers and one crew member when it fell into Alameda Creek.

Walker tells San Jose television station KNTV the second car behind it also derailed but remained upright.

He says the three more cars behind, including the locomotive, stayed on the tracks.

9:45 p.m.

Officials say the train company has sent buses to take passengers of a derailed train to their destination.

Authorities say the train was due to arrive in Pleasanton at 7:30 p.m. when the two front cars derailed, injuring 14 people.

Altamont Corridor Express says all train service on the line will be canceled on Tuesday.

The ACE No. 10 train travels from San Jose to Stockton, stopping in eight cities along the way.

9:20 p.m.

The Alameda Fire Department says 14 people were injured, four seriously, when a commuter train traveling from Silicon Valley to Stockton in Central California derailed Monday night.

The department says all passengers have been evacuated from the derailed train and are being checked by paramedics.

It says the uninjured passengers will be transported to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

Altamont Corridor Express train officials tell KCBS radio there were 214 passengers traveling in the train when the two front cars derailed in a rural area about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

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8:45 p.m.

Authorities say a commuter train traveling from San Jose to Stockton in Central California derailed Monday night and the front car fell into a creek, injuring at least 10 people.

Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson says the train car is partially submerged in water and crews are working to get people out.

Nelson says the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train No. 10 went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in Sunol, a rural area of Alameda County about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

Images posted on Twitter by Alameda County Fire Department shows one car on its side about half-submerged in the creek water.

Officials say it was raining heavily in the area at the time of the accident.