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State PUC to join in BART train probe
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OAKLAND  (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say a state agency is also looking into why a disabled train stranded hundreds of passengers in a tunnel that sent at least nine people to the hospital.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Friday that the California Public Utilities Commission will be a part of the probe on why a train became stuck in the Berkeley hills tunnel due to an electrical short causing the emergency brakes to suddenly activate on Wednesday.

Trost says the CPUC initiates an investigation whenever more than two people require medical transport after a transit incident.

The 10-car train with around 700 passengers was traveling from Pittsburg to San Francisco came to a stop when the brakes activated and created a smoky dust that made several passengers ill.