North Berkeley BART station shut down Tuesday after train strikes, kills individual on tracks

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Update 1/19/16: This article has been updated to reflect new information from a BART service advisory about the station’s reopening.

The North Berkeley BART station was shut down Tuesday afternoon after a northbound train struck and killed an individual near the station.

At 1:15 p.m., a train operator reported hitting an individual while leaving the station, according to BART spokesperson Alicia Trost. BART subsequently shut down the station and sent out a crew to investigate, who confirmed the fatality on the tracks north of the station. As of 4 p.m., the station had been reopened, according to a BART service advisory.

According to interim deputy city manager Gil Dong, Berkeley Fire Department investigated the incident after receiving a call at 1:18 p.m. that an individual was on the tracks. After confirming the person was deceased, BART police department took control of the investigation, Dong said, adding that BFD cleared the scene at 3:04 p.m.

As of 3:15 p.m., the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s Coroner’s Bureau was on the scene to respond to the situation.

During the closure, BART operated a single track to allow train to pass through the station, and AC Transit will offer free rides to North Berkeley from surrounding stations. Trost said she anticipated that the station would be open before the commute period begins.

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