3/14 4:12 AM: Transit workers have completed overnight repairs where two BART train cars derailed near Concord Sunday morning, and the commuter service is starting on schedule this morning, a spokesman said.
Crews worked overnight to re-rail the eighth and ninth cars of a 10-car train bound for San Francisco International Airport, where they derailed after departing Concord Station at around 9:20 a.m., spokesman Linton Johnson said.
About 65 passengers were on board at the time, and three people complained of back pain after the derailment, Johnson said.
Repairs to the transit system’s third rail were also made overnight.
The derailment remains under investigation.
3/14 12:26 AM: BART service was expected to be fully restored by commute time this morning, as repairs continued where two train cars derailed near Concord early on Sunday, a spokesman said.
The eighth and ninth cars of a 10-car train bound for San Francisco International Airport came off the BART tracks after departing Concord Station at about 9:20 a.m., spokesman Linton Johnson said.
About 65 passengers were on board, and three people complained of back pain after the derailment, Johnson said.
As of midnight this morning, one train car had been re-railed and another was expected to be back on the tracks and moved out of the way within 2 hours, Johnson said.
Repairs to the transit system’s electric third rail were underway, and all repairs were expected to be complete by the time the first train of the day travels through Concord just after 4 a.m.
If the repair work is not finished, BART will employ a bus bridge between Concord and Pleasant Hill stations for as long as necessary during this morning’s commute, Johnson said.
BART riders were being asked to start their commute at Pleasant Hill Station if possible.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.
3/13 2:59 PM: BART officials are estimating that the process of clearing the tracks after this morning’s train derailment in Concord may take all night.
Crews are currently working to separate the cars, but the electric third rail that powers the trains was damaged, Johnson said. It must be repaired before service can be restored.
Three people reportedly suffered minor back injuries as a result of the slow-speed derailment that occurred around 9:20 a.m., according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.
Initially, Johnson had said that none of the 65 passengers on board the trains were injured.
The 10-car train had just left the Concord BART station en route to San Francisco International Airport when the eighth car’s wheels came fully off the tracks. The ninth car’s wheels also partially disengaged, according to Johnson.
BART officals are hoping to have cleared the tracks for service before the start of the morning commute. However, they are working on a contingency plan, Johnson said.
Details of the contingency plan have not yet been released.
A bus bridge between the Pleasant Hill and Pittsburg/Bay Point BART stations has been set up for passengers, as there is currently no service between those stations, Johnson said.
An investigation into the cause of the derailment is under way, Johnson said.
3/13 10:11 AM: All 65 passengers aboard a BART train that derailed in Concord this morning have been safely evacuated, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.
The 10-car train was headed for San Francisco when some of the wheels on the last two cars came off for as-yet undetermined reasons around 9:20 a.m., Johnson said.
No train traffic is currently taking place between the Pleasant Hill and Pittsburg/Bay Point BART stations, and Johnson said that a bus bridge is being set up for the passengers.
No injuries and no fires have been reported as a result of the derailment.
9:39 AM: A BART train in Concord headed for San Francisco this morning has derailed, causing major delays on the Bay Point line in both directions, according to BART officials.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the derailment, officials said.
The cause of the derailment was not immediately available.