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ACE Train Service Resumes Following Derailment

LIVERMORE (KPIX 5) – Altamont Corridor Express commuter trains resumed service on Wednesday, following a derailment in Niles Canyon Monday night.

ACE Train No. 1 rolled through the Livermore station at 5:26 a.m., with little fanfare.

Daniel McKerney, a commuter on Monday night's derailed train, was among those commuting Wednesday. He was not hurt in the crash.

"But I'm not worried about this train, you know? If it crashes, then I can survive two train crashes," McKerney told KPIX 5.

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At Diridon Station in San Jose, ACE trains continued to arrive all morning long, with passengers saying there was no sense in worrying about Mother Nature. "I figure it's my time, it's my time. I'm gonna enjoy myself," passenger Virginia Roberts said.

While service resumed, signs at the Livermore station said trains are being ordered to slow down through Niles Canyon.

Service was suspended after ACE Train No. 10 from San Jose to Stockton struck a mudslide on the tracks near Sunol around 7:30 p.m. Monday. One of the trains rolled down an embankment and ended up in Alameda Creek.

Nine people out of the 214 on board were injured, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Union Pacific crews were able to clear the tracks by Tuesday afternoon, with crews using a crane to pull the submerged car from the creek. Crews plan to inspect the submerged car, and if possible, repair the car before placing it back into service.

The train service carries about 5,000 to 6,000 passengers per day.

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