muni_generic.jpgThe man who was fatally struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway train at the Civic Center station on Monday has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 62-year-old Daniel Dillen.

Dillen, a San Francisco resident, was struck by an outbound M-Ocean View train around 11:45 a.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

According to the Chron, the train apparently severed Dillen’s leg. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, Rose said.

According to Muni Diaries reader “Axel,” reportedly a witness to the incident, “some man standing near the tracks a few feet from me pointed to the tunnel opening and said, ‘There’s a man on the tracks,'” and “within minutes, the inbound M came to a halt at the tunnel entrance and Muni employees rushed in.”

“I know that the train was still in the tunnel at the collision, so somehow the man must have gotten down onto the tracks himself and into the tunnel entrance,” Axel wrote on Muni Diaries.

Rose said it was not yet clear why Dillen was on the tracks. Witnesses say that Dillen was using a wheelchair before the collision.

The incident shut down Muni Metro service for more than two hours between the Embarcadero and West Portal stations.

Dan McMenamin of Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

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