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Woman struck by train, killed at Ashby BART station

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JUNE 27, 2011

A woman was struck by a train and killed at the Ashby BART station this afternoon.

At around 12:47 p.m., the woman was hit as a northbound train entered the station, according to BART spokesperson Jim Allison. According to Allison, witnesses later explained that the woman did not appear to make an effort to move out of the way of the train.

“That would be consistent with a suicide,” Allison said.

The Berkeley Fire Department arrived on scene at around 12:52 p.m. Upon the department’s arrival, the woman was confirmed dead, according to Allison, and the Alameda County Coroner’s office then arrived at around 2 p.m.

The station was shut down for some time while the investigation was conducted, but BART confirmed in a media hotline recording at around 3:01 p.m. that service had resumed, though passengers could still expect residual delays for a while longer.

Three of the five BART lines were not affected by the incident at all, but delays of up to 20 minutes occurred on the two lines that pass through the Ashby station, Allison said.

Additionally, parallel bus service with AC Transit was set up between MacArthur, Ashby and Downtown Berkeley BART stations for passengers affected by the delays. Passengers were able to ride the buses for free by showing their BART tickets.

Allie Bidwell and J.D. Morris are news editors.

JULY 13, 2011