Mud slide caused train derailment in Frisco

Published on : Wednesday, March 9, 2016

train derailmentAccording to Union Pacific Railroad officials, investigating Monday night’s commuter train derailment east of San Francisco, a mudslide caused the accident.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson, public information officer with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said it was almost miraculous that no one died. As many as nine people were injured in the accident, though none had life-threatening injuries.

“It’s unclear whether the mudslide occured as the train was traversing the track or it was already there,” said Francisco Castillo, public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad.

The San Francisco Bay area had been hit with heavy rain on Monday, which caused flooding and mudslides across the region.

The train was traveling near Niles Canyon Road between the cities of Fremont and Sunol when the accident occured.

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