SACRAMENTO – Around 7:00pm last night, an Altamont Cooridor Express (ACE) commuter train derailed in Sunol. There were 214 passengers on the train and I can only imagine the fear and anxiety that they all felt during and after this incident. Nine passengers were injured and were transported to local hospitals, the rest of the passengers were transported to the Alameda County Fairgrounds where rescue organizations, including the Red Cross, were available to assist.
While the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, preliminary investigation suggests that a mudslide caused this incident.
I am glad to know that there is a coordinated effort among local, state and federal agencies – including the Alameda County Fire Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Railroad Administration, California Highway Patrol and Union Pacific – to provide support to my constituents and return service back to normal as soon as possible. My office and I will continue to work with Union Pacific and ACE to stay on top of any and all developments.”
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.
CONTACT: Tomasa Dueñas, Chief of Staff: (916) 319-2020 or tomasa.dueñas@asm.ca.gov