TRAIN DERAILS, DAMAGES TRACK ON POPULAR VALLEY ROUTE: DENAIR (AP) — Rail authorities are working to repair damage on Amtrak's popular San Joaquin route after a freight train derailed in the Central California town of Denair.
Passenger service has been disrupted between Modesto and Merced since the Sunday afternoon accident. Passengers are being bussed one stop between Modesto and Merced.
Ten freight cars went off the track and crashed into a self-storage facility. No injuries were reported.
Workers at the site of the derailment are preparing rail siding that would allow trains using the busy route to go around the damaged track and cars.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. About 40 trains, including 12 Amtrak trains, pass over the tracks a day.
CLIIMBER HIT BY ROCK, DIES ON YOSEMITE'S EL CAPITAN: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A 28-year-old climber from London has died after being hit by a falling rock on El Capitan, a signature attraction in Yosemite National Park.
The National Park Service says Felix Joseph Kiernan was climbing on the East Buttress of the granite monolith about 600 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor when a rock dislodged and struck him Sunday afternoon. The block of granite fell about 150 feet before striking Kiernan.
Witnesses climbing just below Kiernan and his partner saw the accident and called for help. Yosemite search and rescue teams reached the victim about two hours later.
It's the second major accident in the park in as many days. A 19-year-old Sacramento man was swept over a waterfall Saturday. The search for him is on hold until water levels subside.
SEARCH ON HOLD FOR TEEN SWEPT OVER YOSEMITE FALL: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — The search for a teen swept over Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park is on hold until water levels in the Merced River subside.
Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Monday that rangers on regular patrol continue to keep an eye on the stretch of river below the base of the 594-foot fall. But they will not be walking the banks.
Nineteen-year-old Aleh Kalman of Sacramento was carried by swift currents over the fall on Saturday after stopping to swim in the river. Kalman was among a group of 85 people from various churches hiking the route that leads to Half Dome.
The amount of snowmelt fueling the flow has since increased. Cobb said rangers will renew the active search when the river subsides.
The trail is open.