4:16 PM (BCN): A man in his 50s was injured after he apparently intentionally fell onto the San Francisco Municipal Railway tracks at the Powell Street Muni Metro station this afternoon, authorities said.
Authorities were notified of the incident at 12:26 p.m. when the man, who was in a wheelchair, fell onto the outbound tracks in front of a moving train, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
Rose said the train operator saw the man fall and activated the emergency brake.
The train traveled over the man, who was trapped underneath it and had to be extricated, police spokesman Albie Esparza said.
Rose said the man was injured but that the train did not hit him.
The man’s wheelchair stayed on the platform.
No other injuries were reported.
The man, who appeared to have been attempting suicide, was taken to a hospital, Esparza said.
Emergency responders worked to pull the man from underneath the train, and the station was closed for nearly an hour.
During the closure, BART was honoring Muni transfers at San Francisco stations. Above-ground shuttle service was in place between the Castro and Embarcadero stations, Rose said.
The station reopened at about 1:20 p.m.
2:08 PM (BCN): A person was injured when he went onto the San Francisco Municipal Railway tracks at the Powell Street Muni Metro station this afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.
Fire crews were dispatched to the station at 12:26 p.m., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. They arrived and removed the person from the tracks.
The person, who appeared to have been attempting suicide, was taken to a hospital, she said.
Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the operator of an approaching outbound train saw the person jump onto the tracks and activated the emergency brake.
The person was not hit by the train, he said. Rose did not know how he was injured.
No other injuries were reported.
The station was closed around 12:30 p.m. and reopened around 1:20 p.m. Rose said at about 1:45 p.m. that riders should expect residual delays and longer wait times on all Metro lines.
To mitigate the delays, BART is honoring Muni transfers at San Francisco stations. Above-ground shuttle service is in place between the Castro and Embarcadero stations, Rose said.
ATTN: delay at Powell has been cleared. Metro Lines to resume regular service into subway. Shuttles to remain in place.
— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) May 6, 2013
The SFMTA is warning Muni Metro riders that they might experience residual delays following a “Major Medical Emergency” at Powell Street Station.
According to the SFMTA twitter feed, Muni Metro service was disrupted at around 12:28 PM this afternoon, when the subway at Powell Station was closed when, a man in a wheelchair fell on to the tracks. He was not struck by any Muni vehicles, and was taken to the hospital.
Nearly an hour after the fall, at 1:21 PM, the SFMTA announced that the “delay at Powell has been cleared. Metro Lines to resume regular service into subway.”
Shuttle buses, which had been put into action during the subway closure, will “remain in place.
BART will be, the SFMTA says, “honoring Muni fares for all SF stations until further notice.”
Riders should “expect residual delays and longer waiting times across all Lines until Metro service normalizes,” the MTA says.