Balboa Park Station was closed for almost two hours during Tuesday evening’s rush hour commute and BART trains passing through the station experienced delays for as long after one person landed on the tracks and died, authorities said.
It’s unclear how the person, who has not been identified, landed on the tracks at around 4:35 p.m., said BART spokesperson Jim Allison. BART police are investigating the incident, he added.
The station reopened at around 6:23 p.m.
From earlier today:
Update 6:25 p.m.
Per Jim Allison, a BART spokesperson.
Balboa Park Station opened at around 6:23 p.m. It should take about 30 minutes for service to return back to normal. The person underneath the tracks has died, however it is not known at this time whether the person jumped on the tracks or not.
Update 6:00 p.m.
Per, Jim Allison, a BART spokesperson:
Trains are still not stopping at Balboa Park Station –they are single tracking to the area. SF coroners is on the scene handling the situation at Balboa Park Station with a person on the track way. Bart police is investigating. All 4 lines that run through Balboa Park station are delayed – the Richmond to Fremont line and East Bay is running on time.
To make matters worst, a 5-alarm fire broke out in Mission Bay slowing traffic through downtown.
Update 5:41 p.m.:
From our editor Lydia Chavez, who is currently riding BART:
The platforms at 16th Street and 24th Street were jammed and some passengers were getting off and looking for other ways to get home.
“Where do you want to go,” asked one BART worker stamping tickets and letting riders through an open gate to go up and take a bus.
Update 5:20 p.m.:
It began at 4:35 p.m. this afternoon. The station is still closed. Trains are running throughout the station, and single tracking through around the incident scene. That means that trains heading to the East Bay from San Francisco Peninsula are getting priority and going through the station before trains that are coming from the other direction – counter commute– however all trains are running through but the trains that are headed in towards the commute direction are getting priority. The san Francisco Coroners office is on the scene and are handling the incident now. I don’t have any particulars in terms of the person underneath the train.
Original 5:00 p.m.:
The [Balboa] BART station is shut down due to a medical emergency. There is a person underneath a train. The fire department is on the scene and evaluating the situation. In the meantime Balboa Bart station is closed…The only line that is running complete service is Richmond to Freemont. The other lines which run through Balboa Bart Station are turning back at various points before they reach that station; so there is major service disruption at those lines.
We will update this story as we get more information.
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