140-degree railroad tracks led to Bay Area train derailment

Excessive heat on the train tracks caused a BART train to derail near Concord earlier this week, officials said.

About 50 passengers had to be evacuated around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a Bay Area Rapid Transit train derailed near Hastings Drive and David Avenue.

Firefighters said several people reported minor injures. One person who complained of back pain was taken to a hospital, BART officials said.

The train derailed amid a heat wave in the Bay Area that sent temperatures soaring into the triple digits.

“Our initial assessment is that heat played the main role in the partial derailment by causing a curve in the rail,” BART said in a statement.

Temperatures on the track exceeded 140 degrees — about 35 degrees above the rail’s ordinary operating temperature — BART spokesman Chris…



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