A man on the tracks delayed trains at the Downtown Berkeley BART station Sunday. Photo: Citizen reporter

A man on the tracks closed the downtown Berkeley BART station for about 20 minutes Sunday, authorities reported.

BART Police received a report of a person on the tracks in front of the Fremont-bound train at about 2:10 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Steve Coontz, via email.

Coontz said officers were on the scene within a few minutes, and found a 55-year-old man. He was conscious and able to answer questions. 

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics were able to get the man off the tracks and take him to the hospital.

Coontz said the man had minor injuries. It was unknown whether or not a train had actually struck him.

The station was closed for about 20 minutes while emergency crews responded, but it was re-opened at 2:35 p.m.

Coontz said there was no indication of foul play.

Authorities did, however, find the man “to meet the criteria for emergency psychiatric evaluation and he was detained for psychiatric/medical examination at Alta Bates,” said Coontz.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...