ACE Train to resume normal service after train derailed near Sunol

SUNOL, Calif. (KGO) -- Officials said ACE Train service will resume Wednesday after a train traveling from San Jose to Stockton derailed into an Alameda County creek Monday night.

It was a chaotic scene with emergency rescuers breaking windows and jumping in the chilly water to rescue passengers.

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Rescue crews said it was a miracle no one was killed.

There were more than 200 people on board the train. Nine people were injured and two of the victims remain hospitalized. All of the injured are expected to survive.

Service was shut down while investigators cleared the train from the track and debris on Tuesday. Although the train has been removed from the track, all trains going through Niles Canyon Road Wednesday will be moving slowly, so passengers can expect delays.

Shortly after 9:10 p.m., officials said Niles Canyon Road reopened to traffic.

Officials said removing the train was an elaborate process, involving a giant crane, several other rigs and dozens of people.

It almost looked like a toy laying on its side, but it was a 30-ton train car that needed to be lifted off a muddy embankment and back on the tracks. "It looks like something out of a movie, when you look at the scene and when I heard a train derailed in a canyon. I thought we were going to be hearing of massive loss of life," Congressman Eric Swalwell said.

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"People were out actually on the tracks at the time, some were in the cars," Calfire Capt. Judson Duffy

Duffy was among the first to arrive Monday night after the five-car ACE train derailed and one car plunged into the Alameda County creek. Rescuers said you could hear screams over the radio.

The first priority was getting to the passengers trapped inside the car that was nearly submerged in frigid water. "It was tight quarters in there because the car was on its side and then you can't really tell form here, but there's kind of two levels. Very slippery in there, a lot of mud and debris inside," Duffy said.

"There's no class in the police academy for underwater train derailment, so these deputies had to improvise and that takes courage and being quick on your feet and they did that," Alameda County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

Officials say the train derailed because of a mudslide that sent a tree across the tracks.


ABC7 News Reporter Janet O contributed to this story.
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