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Amtrak train derails near Oakland, Calif.; delay but no injuries

- Associated Press - Sunday, April 14, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Amtrak says a passenger train carrying nearly 200 people has derailed near Oakland, but there were no injuries.

Spokeswoman Christina Leeds says the train was en route from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, when the front wheels of an engine went off the track about 9 p.m. PDT just north of Fremont, about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Ms. Leeds tells The Associated Press that the train was traveling very slowly and none of the 11 passenger cars derailed.

She says there was "very minimal impact" to the train's 164 passengers. Also aboard were 14 crew members.

Ms. Leeds says that the lead engine was removed and the train got underway again about 12:30 a.m. PDT Sunday, under power of the second engine.

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