A person hit by a BART train died in an apparent suicide at San Francisco’s Embarcadero station this afternoon, BART and fire officials said.
San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the fire department received reports that a male standing on the BART platform jumped in front of an oncoming train. The medical examiner’s office was called to the station about an hour later.
The station remains closed and systemwide delays persist. The person was hit by a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train at about 1:25 p.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
BART is running limited single-track service through the Embarcadero station on the San Francisco International Airport-Pittsburg/Bay Point line, but all other lines that run through the station are being turned around, Allison said.
There are 24-hour hotlines available nationwide for anyone coping with depression or suicidal thoughts.
The Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance provides regional 24-hour hotlines for suicidal individuals. In Alameda County, the number is (800) 309-2131, in Contra Costa County it’s (800) 833-2900, in Marin County (415) 499-1100, in San Francisco (415) 781-0500 and in San Mateo County it’s (650) 579-0359.
More information can be found at www.bascia.org.
Scott Morris and Dan McMenamin, Bay City News