The Latest: Mudslide blamed for California train derailment

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Posted: Mar 08, 2016 10:08 AM
The Latest: Mudslide blamed for California train derailment

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

7 a.m.

A Union Pacific spokesman says a mudslide most likely caused a commuter train derailment in Northern California that sent its leading car plunging into a swollen creek, injuring nine people.

Spokesman Francisco J. Castillo said investigators believe the mudslide swept a tree onto the tracks, derailing a car on the Altamont Corridor Express train Monday evening.

The San Francisco Bay Area has been inundated with thunderstorms in recent days that have swamped roadways and creeks.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/21jd6Fx) all Altamont Corridor Express trains traveling from Silicon Valley to the Central Valley were canceled on Tuesday. Four people suffered major injuries and five minor injuries in Monday's derailment. Their conditions were not available Tuesday.

It's unclear how fast the train was traveling.