Embarcadero BART station reopens after person fatally struck

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's Embarcadero BART station reopened Monday afternoon over three hours after a person died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide, BART and fire officials said.

The San Francisco fire department received reports that a male standing on the BART platform jumped in front of an oncoming train, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The person was hit by a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train at about 1:25 p.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said. The medical examiner's office was called to the station about an hour later.

The station remained closed and systemwide delays persisted for hours, until the station reopened at 5:13 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Ferry is running an extra ferry to the East Bay to help accommodate crowds during this evening's commute, ferry officials said.

Only the San Francisco International Airport-Pittsburg/Bay Point line was running on a single track through the station during the closure. All other lines that normally run through the station were being turned around at the West Oakland and 24th Street Mission stations, 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.

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