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Amtrak Service Restored After Oakland Jack London Square Crash

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Oakland Police on the scene where two Amtrak trains collided near Jack London Square on October 12, 2011. (CBS)

Oakland Police on the scene where two Amtrak trains collided near Jack London Square on October 12, 2011. (CBS)

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Service at Oakland’s Jack London Square train station was restored Thursday morning after an Amtrak train crashed into another train that was unloading passengers, injuring 17 people.

Bus service was set up Thursday morning after rail service into and out of the station was temporarily suspended following the low-speed collision at the station Wednesday night, Amtrak officials said.

Amtrak set up bus transportation between Oakland and Emeryville for the first two Capitol Corridor line trains Thursday morning.

Train No. 518, which was scheduled to depart Oakland at 4:30 a.m., and train No. 520 scheduled to leave at 5:40 a.m. will have bus transportation between Oakland and Emeryville. In Emeryville passengers will be able to board a Capitol Corridor train heading to Sacramento, officials said.

The Oakland Fire Department reported 16 passengers and crew members were injured, with seven transported to hospitals after the 10 p.m. collision at the station, located at 245 Second St. Amtrak officials later reported a total of 17 people had been hurt.

There were no life-threatening injuries and the most serious injury was a broken arm, fire officials said.

The accident occurred when two lead engines from a San Joaquin line train and a Coast Starlight line train lost contact with the rail, Amtrak officials said.

Crews are removing damaged equipment this morning and will determine if further service adjustments will be necessary for the remainder of the morning commute, officials said.

Amtrak and the Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the tracks, will be working with federal officials to investigate the incident.

Passengers who have paid for travel on canceled trains can contact Amtrak at (800) USA-RAIL to receive refunds without fee or penalty and can rebook their trips, officials said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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