Update, 4:15 p.m. According to Jim Allison, deputy chief communications director at BART, the fatality at Ashby BART station was in all likelihood a suicide. “Everything the BART police told me points to a suicide,” he told Berkeleyside. “Witnesses said a woman was on the trackway at the end of the station and she didn’t do anything to get out of the way of the northbound train as it entered the station.”


A woman was struck and killed by a train at Ashby BART in Berkeley at 12:47 p.m. today, causing the closure of the station until around 3 p.m. and major delays, according to reports in the media.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said the circumstances of the death are under investigation. Suicide is being considered.

There have been “major delays” on the San Francisco-Richmond and Fremont-Richmond lines because trains are being single-tracked through the station, which has been closed, Allison said.

We will have updates as and when more information is made available.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...