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Amtrak Coast Starlight Derails Near Fremont

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Amtrak Train at Crossing

An Amtrak train at a railroad crossing. (CBS)

FREMONT (CBS SF) — An Amtrak train heading to Vancouver, B.C., derailed just north of Fremont Saturday night, but no one aboard was harmed, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

Amtrak Train No. 14, the Coast Starlight, left Los Angeles at 10:10 a.m. Saturday and was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, spokeswoman Christina Leeds said.

At about 9 p.m., two miles north of Fremont, however, the two wheels of the front truck on the lead locomotive derailed from the track, Leeds said.

Fourteen crew members and 154 passengers were aboard the train at the time of the derailment, but no one was injured, she said.

Leeds said the train left Fremont at about 12:30 a.m., and is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver about four hours later than its original destination.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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