The first car of BART's Fleet of the Future had a minor mishap on Friday when it overshot a test track and came to a rest in a sand berm at BART's Hayward testing facility.
BART spokesperson Taylor Huckabee tells KRON 4 that the car was going between 5 and 10 miles per hour at the time. This all happened just before 2 p.m., and reportedly the $2 million car was not damaged.
Hucakabee tells ABC 7, "None of the wheels of the train car ever came off of the running rails, so it was easy to just pull it back from that sand berm and it was right back to where it needed to be."
BART board member Zachary Mallet also tells the station that there is nothing to see here and nothing to worry about. "If this is a technical malfunction, this is a good thing. This will allow us delve into the cause of it and get it corrected it before we begin passenger service with the Fleet the Future."
It was reported first on Friday as a derailment, but BART denies that. KTVU suggests "Pictures from the scene show a train that appears to have had at least one wheel that left the track," but BART still seems to say nothing was damaged, and there does seem to be a lot of unnecessary drama about this.