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BART train derails in Northern California; 3 injured

March 13, 2011 |  1:41 pm

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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-- Carla Rivera

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