BART delays reported after car fills with smoke

Citizen photo via Instagram user @korov

A BART train crossing the 24th street station in the Mission district Monday filled with smoke, causing the train to be pulled from service.

The incident was reported just before 10 a.m. when a train car developed a propulsion problem, agency spokesman Jim Allison said. The car was taken out of service, and no injuries were reported.

In an Instagram photo from user @korov, riders can be seen covering their faces with their clothes to avoid inhaling smoke.

“Bart train slowly filling with smoke. Happy Monday @sfbart,” wrote the Instagram user, @korov.

Riders also took to Twitter to vent their frustration.

“Based on the accelerate/sudden stop loop and the burning rubber smell I’m pretty sure this @SFBART train is about to go out of service,” wrote Twitter user Ian Brown, @igb. “We’re currently stuck between Glen Park and 24th street.”

The problem, then, seemingly escalated.

“Getting a bit smokey in here,” Brown wrote. “Car ahead of us evacuating into our car.”

BART itself tweeted back at Brown, replying, “The car had a propulsion problem that created some smoke. We turned on ventilation and all is safe. Train taken out of service.”

BART spokesman James Allison confirmed reports of smoke coming from a train car in an email to the Examiner.

“A train that was travelling between 24th & Glen Park just before 10 a.m. had one car that developed a propulsion problem,” Allison wrote. “The problem created some smoke. The train operator advised passengers aboard the affected car to move to another car and moved the train to 24th Street.”

The train was taken out of service, he said, and passengers boarded other trains and the affected car will be taken to a shop for repair. There were no reports of injuries.

“We have some residual delays but they should be resolved within 30 minutes,” he said.

This is a breaking story and we’ll have updates as more information comes in. If you have any information or tips related to this story, email joe@sfexaminer.com, or reach the reporter on either Twitter or Instagram, @FitzTheReporter.

Bart train slowly filling with smoke. Happy Monday @sfbart

A photo posted by @korov on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:59am PDT

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