A woman lying flat on her back on the BART trackway at Glen Park Station escaped with only minor injuries after a train passed over her going 30 mph on Thursday morning.
Commuters experienced major delays while BART police shut down the station to determine how the woman managed to get on the trackway. BART spokesman Linton Johnson said that a train operator tried to slow down when he saw the woman standing up on the Glen Park trackway at around 8:15 a.m.
The woman managed to lie flat on her back as the train traveled over her, Johnson said. Eventually, seven train cars passed over her before she was able to climb out of the trackway. When BART police found her she was covered in soot and distraught, but without major injuries, Johnson said. The woman, whose identity has not been released, was a not a disabled or blind passenger, Johnson said. She is being evaluated for her injuries at a local hospital.
As a result of the incident, passengers traveling in all directions experienced major delays Thursday. Trains were turned around at 24th Street Station and Montgomery Station, resulting in 15-minute setbacks and forcing commuters from the Peninsula and the East Bay to transfer lines. After Glen Park Station was reopened, trains temporarily ran in single-track formations, resulting in delays for passengers traveling to the San Francisco International Airport.
By 10 a.m., normal service had been restored.
Christina Rohan, a student at Cal, was supposed to depart on a class trip from Glen Park Station at 9:45 a.m., but her train took one hour to get there from Walnut Creek — about twice as long as normal. Fortunately for her, other students in her class were also delayed by BART’s problems, so she didn’t miss the trip.
“It was definitely a bit of a hassle this morning,” Rohan said. “But I’m just glad no one ended up getting seriously hurt.”