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BART train derails in Northern California; 3 injured

A BART train derailed in Concord, Calif., on Sunday, injuring three people and disrupting service on the route.

The incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. just after the 10-car train left the Concord Station, said Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman Linton Johnson. The train, bound for San Francisco Airport, was traveling at a low speed when the eighth and ninth cars came off the track. All of the cars remained upright. About 65 people were evacuated.

Three people reported minor back injuries, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Department.

Eight buses were being used to transport passengers between the Pleasant Hill and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations, but other routes were operating normally, Johnson said.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, and the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates rail transit, was also on the scene.


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We are not ready to dump billions of dollars into
a train transportation system in California it is
a high earthquake prone state and also we are
cash strapped!!! Congress and Mr train man need
to calm down on that train idea because its not a
good idea at all just study the land first before
you go building billion dollar PROJECTS! We have
a train system that looks like it still needs to get
off the ground SAFELY.

Train derailments are potentially disastrous -- it's fortunate that not too many people got hurt in this incident. Although, since the train was going at a low rate of speed, what could have caused the eighth and ninth cars to come off the track? Mechanical malfunction is a likely scenario as the train was moving slow enough not to lose control. Either that or there was overloading which tipped those train cars off the balance.



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