OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A person struck by a train at BART’s Lake Merritt station in Oakland Wednesday evening closed the station for over an hour and caused major delays, BART officials said.

BART initially tweeted about the emergency at about 5:30 p.m.

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A few minutes later, the SF BART alert Twitter account posted that the station had been closed.

The medical emergency is slowing service in the Dublin/Pleasanton, Warm Springs, Richmond and Daly City directions.

Officials later updated that there was no direct service to Warm Springs from Richmond due to the emergency.

BART later confirmed that a person had been struck by a train at the station. Shortly before 6 p.m., BART said emergency responders were at the Lake Merritt station.

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A witness told KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez that Oakland fire and rescue personnel were attempting to communicate with the person struck who appeared to have ended up underneath the train.


BART said parallel service was being provided by AC Transit buses on bus lines 1, 14 and 62. AC Transit will accept BART tickets as fare during the service disruption.

The station reopened shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to BART officials, though Vazquez said that the doors to the station remained shut for a short time after the transit service tweeted it had reopened.

BART spokesperson Chris Filippi said the person who was underneath the train survived, but didn’t not offer any additional details on the person’s condition.

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BART riders were told to expect residual delays on the system as normal service was restored.