BART delayed out of Lake Merritt Station due to smoke

A BART train car that was spewing smoke forced an evacuation of both the train and Lake Merritt Station for a brief period Monday.

No one was injured after the train car mysteriously began emitting smoke just before noon, as it headed into the station, spokesman Jim Allison said. The train and station were evacuated as a precaution, he said.

Trains ran through Lake Merritt without stopping until around 12:10 p.m., he said. The station has since been reopened and the smoke has cleared, he added.

“A technician was able to get the train moving without any smoke and it is being moved to a maintenance facility,” Allison said. “It’s unclear right now why the car was generating smoke, but mechanics will check it at the maintenance yard.”

There were some minor residual delays, but the incident should have no effect on the rush hour commute Monday evening, Allison said.

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