(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

BART police detain man on tracks in Berkeley

Service halted for nearly hour and a half due to report of pedestrian

A man walking on the BART tracks who brought the Richmond line to a halt in both directions Wednesday morning was safely apprehended by police after causing a nearly hour-and-a-half delay.

Service on the Richmond line was shut down between the Ashby and El Cerrito Plaza stations around 10:30 a.m. so BART Police could search for a man reported walking on the tracks in the tunnel between North Berkeley and Downtown Berkeley stations.

The man was taken into custody at 11:50 a.m. and BART crews are conducting a final track inspection before resuming service, spokesperson Anna Duckworth said.

AC Transit provided bus-bridge service for BART riders on Bus 72 between Berkeley and North Berkeley stations, Bus 79 from El Cerrito Plaza to Berkeley and Bus 80 from Ashby to El Cerrito Plaza, Duckworth said.

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