Update, 3 p.m. Ashby BART station is now open, following its closure in the wake of a person going under a train Monday at around 12:20 p.m., according to BART spokesman Jim Allison. Passengers will likely experience delays as trains get back on schedule, Allison said in a message left on the BART media hotline at 2:45 p.m. Allison confirmed that the incident resulted in a fatality and that the Alameda County coroner’s bureau responded to the scene. The case is under investigation by BART Police.
Update, 2 p.m. Ashby BART station is still closed due to the person under the train.
Original story, 12:50 p.m. Ashby BART station was closed at around 12:30 p.m. Monday due to what BART described in a Twitter alert as a “major medical emergency.” A person was reported as being under the train at 12:24 p.m., according to a message left by BART spokesman Jim Allison on its media hotline.
BART is experiencing “major” delays on the Richmond to Fremont and Richmond to Milbrae lines due to the incident. Service on the two lines is truncated as northbound trains are turning around at MacArthur, while southbound trains are turning around at North Berkeley, according to Allison.
BART said it is trying to establish a bus bridge, but as at 1:30 p.m. this had not been put into effect.
At 12:36 p.m. BART posted on Twitter that there was a “10 min delay and trains are not stopping at ASBY stn on RICH line in FRMT, RICH and DALY dirs due to a major medical emergency.” Later, at 12:47 p.m. BART tweeted that the delays on the Richmond line at Fremont, Richmond and Milbrae were “major,” as was the medical emergency. (Follow @SFBARTalert on Twitter for updates.)
BART Police, the Berkeley Fire Department and the Berkeley Police are on scene.
Berkeleyside will update this post as we gather more information.
Follow Berkeleyside on Twitter and on Facebook where we often break news. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you like the latest Berkeley news sent to your email inbox once a day? Click here to subscribe to Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing.