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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Person Killed By BART Train, Pleasant Hill Station Closed

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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Update 12:30 p.m.:

At 12: 15 p.m. the Pleasant Hill Station started reopening. "BART police is still reviewing all of the eyewitness accounts. They also want to pull video to see exactly what happened. It's too soon to say what the patron was doing at the time that the patron was struck by the train," says Alicia Trost, BART spokeswoman. The first track where the incident occurred is still closed so that the BART police can continue the investigation. There are 15-30 minute delays due to the single-track use. The gender of the victim still hasn't been confirmed.

An unidentified person was struck and killed by a BART train this morning, forcing major delays and a station closure at Pleasant Hill.

At about 10:30 a.m., BART police received a phone call that someone had been hit by outbound train en route to Oakland. The person died instantly.

"Bart Police are doing their investigation. It's too early to say exactly what happened with the patron," a BART spokeswoman said.

BART is unable to confirm the gender of the victim and is unsure of where the person was standing when the train arrived at the platform. Although BART says that "it's not clear yet if the patron was on the trackway or leaning on the platform" prior to impact, the agency is certain that the passenger was on the platform when medical services arrived.

Trains are continuing on trackway one from Lafayette to Pleasant Hill, although trains are not stopping at the Pleasant Hill station. There are currently 20-minute delays since the second track has been closed.

BART is advising Pleasant Hill-bound commuters to get off at a nearby station and wait until the second track is operating again, to take a bus to their destination.

"We're going to have to interview every eyewitness at the scene to get the exact details of what happened," the BART spokeswoman said.


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