By Chris King • 22 March 2023 • 2:55
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An Amtrak train transporting 55 passengers derailed this afternoon, Tuesday, March 21. The incident occurred about half a mile east of the village of Port Costa in Contra Costa County, California.
According to a Facebook post from the Crockett fire department, the train left the tracks shortly before 3:30pm. They revealed that the cause of the derailment was the train hitting a tree.
Emergency crews were deployed to the location. They have reportedly cleared the tracks and there are no reports of any injuries.
Crockett Carquinez Fire Department wrote: “At 3:08 PM, Crockett Fire was dispatched to reports of a derailed Amtrak passenger train east of the town of Port Costa. The train was carrying 55 passengers and derailed after striking a tree that was down across the tracks. No one was injured”.
It continued: “Crockett Fire has cleared the scene and Amtrak has arranged alternate transport for passengers. While crews were not needed, the call was a stark reminder that Crockett-Carquinez firefighters face a broad number of challenges in our small district, including regular train traffic”.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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