Balboa BART jumper survives in S.F.

A man jumped in front of an incoming BART train at the Balboa Park station Tuesday morning and survived with non-life-threatening injuries, in what is being called an attempted suicide.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., several witnesses on the platform saw a man, described only as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, calmly eating lunch on a bench in the Balboa Park BART station. Moments later, as the Pittsburg/Bay Point-bound train coasted into the station at approximately 30 miles per hour, the man jumped in front of it midway through the station platform area.

The San Francisco Fire Department and BART police responded to the scene, finding the man trapped under the second car of the train.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening and that he was conscious and talking when emergency personnel removed him from the tracks.

The train cars had to be separated so the man could be removed from the tracks.

Johnson said any additional information, including the possible presence of a suicide note, are not being released, pending further investigation. The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

The Balboa Park station was closed to riders for approximately an hour as BART trains bypassed the stop. Riders heading through the station saw 15- to 20-minute delays during this time.

“We’re sadly quite good at getting everything up and running again after things like this happen,” Johnson said.

BART sees approximately one ortwo jumping incidents per year, Johnson said. Almost all of them are attempted suicides and not many of them are successful.

“We have one train operator who works part time and saw three attempted suicides,” Johnson said. “We have another one who’s been here for years and only seen one. We just never know when these are going to happen.”

tramroop@examiner.com


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