powell.escalator.4.19.11.jpgThe victim of an incident at Powell Street Station that left one dead and a busy Muni/BART entrance closed for almost 3 hours has been identified by the SF medical examiner’s office, but his cause of death is yet to be determined.

47-year-old San Franciscan Michael Smith was reportedly trying to walk up a downward-moving escalator at Powell station when he apparently suffered a medical emergency. He fell and his coat sleeve and hair were then sucked into the escalator.

After being extricated by emergency crews, the man was transported to SF General, where he was pronounced dead.

“Whether Smith’s death was health related or crime related has not been determined,” Richard Vetterli, spokesman for the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office told the Chron.

Photo from the scene: Sally Kuchar

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