Caution tape blocks an entrance to Powell Street BART station as the station was shuttered following a train striking a person on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Death on BART tracks prompts major systemwide delay

An unidentified person entered the trackway at Powell Street BART station and was struck by a train.

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Powell Street BART Station has reopened after a death on the tracks.

BART riders should expect residual delays systemwide, an agency spokesperson said.

The original story follows below.

BART is experiencing major systemwide delays after a death on the trackway at Powell Street station.

AC Transit bus service on the NL line is available from 19th Street Oakland BART station to San Francisco, and Muni and AC Transit will accept BART tickets as fares to aid stranded BART riders.

For AC Transit NL route information, click here.

Information on additional AC Transit bus service, some of which is available in San Francisco at the Salesforce Transit Center, is available here.

BART Powell Station closed at 2 p.m. after a major medical emergency, according to BART officials. A person entered the trackway for an “unknown reason” and was struck and killed by a BART train.

“We can now confirm this is a fatality,” BART spokesperson Chris Filippi said. “Based on witness accounts there is no foul play suspected and a person intentionally entered the trackway.”

Some trains are being turned back before they reach Powell Station. Richmond/Millbrae trains have been canceled until further notice. Train service is “limited” at this point, Filippi said.

There is no estimate as to when the station will be reopened.

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This is a breaking story, please check back for updates. Most recent update: 4:32 p.m.

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Passengers stand outside an entrance to Powell Street BART station as the station was shuttered following a train striking a person on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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