UPDATE: Repairs After BART Derailment to Continue Through Saturday Night

February 21, 2014 22:40 pm · 6 comments

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BART officials are now saying that repairs to a damaged train, track and third rail following a derailment at the Concord BART station on Friday are likely to continue through Saturday night.

Train service past Pleasant Hill on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line has been canceled, with buses serving the Concord, North Concord/Martinez and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations from Pleasant Hill until the end of scheduled service, BART said in a statement on Friday evening.

Riders traveling in to San Francisco or Oakland are being advised to catch their trains at the Pleasant Hill station on Saturday. A shuttle train will also be operating between Pittsburg/Bay Point and North Concord, and buses will operate between the North Concord, Concord and Pleasant Hill stations.

The out-of-service train, which was traveling empty to the Concord Yard, was just leaving the Concord station around 6:30 p.m. when some train wheels went off the track, BART officials said.

While the cause remains unknown, the derailment occurred as the train traveled over a switching mechanism known as an interlocking, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

The train is now blocking the rails in both directions and removing it is expected to be a difficult, lengthy process.

The train operator was not injured and no passengers were on board.

The Concord station was also the scene of a derailment on March, 13, 2011 involving a 10-car train carrying 65 passengers to San Francisco International Airport. Three people reported minor back injuries after that incident.

Service in the 2011 incident was restored in less than 24 hours.

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1 J. February 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

This was a ten-car train too. BART said if it was a 4-car train it could have been a lot worse. Or, it the train had been going 70-MPH

2 newsalert February 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

They need a new Bart spokesperson who knows what they are talking about, not just reading a lame script

3 Scott February 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

This is what happens when you have detailers do the alignment. Did they just do a wash & wax or did they also Armorall the interior? They better get to work. There are a lot of seats to vacuum under, as well as a lot of tire shine to apply.

4 spiritdog February 22, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Isn’t about time that this now recurring problem be thoroughly and completely address????

5 Gus February 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Wow these guys really deserve a 20% raise. It’s rare to have a company with a single digit “time loss accident” calendar.

6 a.l. February 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I was really enjoying my Saturday morning…windows open. Beautiful day outside…UNTIL THE HELICOPTERS! Do these dudes really need to keep getting live shots of the Bart station. Very loud, very disruptive, very annoying. Why must they? Nothing is really happening. Just take a darn picture and LEAVE!

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