A man was taken away on a gurney after a report of a person on the BART tracks at Powell Street on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Person on tracks shuts down Powell BART station, causes delays in both directions

Reports of a person on the trackway briefly shut down the Powell Street BART Station Wednesday morning, causing service delays in both directions.

The stationed was closed down at approximately 11:16 a.m. and reopened by 11:45 a.m., although some service delays continued.

“We still have some delays of up to 15-20 minutes because we have residual back ups,” said BART spokesperson Chris Filippi.

“There was someone in the trackway. That person did not suffer any serious injuries,” said Filippi.

Paramedics were seen transporting a man out of the station on a stretcher at approximately 11:30 a.m.

According to Filippi, the person was on the the Daly City-bound tracks, causing trains to stop in that direction and BART to run all trains on a single track between Embarcadero and 24th Street stations.

BART officials first said in a tweet at 11:23 a.m. that the station was being closed down due to a “major medical emergency” and that a bus bridged had been requested. A later tweet indicated that the Powell Street Station remained open, but trains were not stopping there.


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