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Thursday, June 30, 2011

BART Reopens After Woman Run Over by Train in Possible Suicide Attempt

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM

UPDATE: Officials say a woman got onto the tracks early this morning and lay down between the rails before a train ran her over. The operator of the train, which was entering the station at 35 mph, saw the woman on the tracks and hit the "stop" button, but the train didn't halt in time, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson. The woman survived with only cuts and bruises. Read more after the jump.

BART riders should expect "residual" delays this morning after an emergency closed down the Glen Park BART station.

The station reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

A stretcher leaves the Glen Park BART station. - LAUREN SMILEY
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  • A stretcher leaves the Glen Park BART station.

SF Weekly reporter Lauren Smiley shot photos of the scene, where BART officials were not allowing people to enter the station even after a woman was carried out on a stretcher.

BART passengers blocked - LAUREN SMILEY
  • Lauren Smiley
  • BART passengers blocked

Details of what happen are sketchy, but apparently there was some sort of accident where a person was underneath a train. The man's condition is not yet known.

Update 1:55 p.m.: When BART officials found the woman about eight minutes after the train

rolled over her, she was sitting at the top of the stairway at the

station with her head in her hands. She was covered in soot. Officials put two and

two together and found out she was the person who had been under the train, Johnson told SF Weekly.  "Seven cars ran over her," he said.
So how did she survive? Apparently, the woman lay between the running rails, which are cavernous enough that most people would survive a train rolling over them. BART is investigating the incident as a possible suicide attempt.

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