UPDATE: BART reopens Powell station after earlier fatality on tracks

The Powell Street BART station in San Francisco has reopened after a fatality on the tracks Wednesday morning forced the station to close and caused long delays systemwide.

A man reportedly jumped in front of an East Bay-bound train about 7:55 a.m., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. He was pronounced dead in the station.

The fatality closed the Powell Street station and there was limited service between San Francisco and the East Bay. The station reopened as of 9:45 a.m., but major residual delays remained systemwide.

Only San Francisco International Airport-bound trains were headed into The City during the closure. Passengers on other lines had to get off and wait for an SFO-bound train, causing extensive crowding on Oakland platforms, Trost said.

Muni in San Francisco and Caltrain offered free rides for BART passengers in an effort to alleviate crowding on BART.

Dennis and Melinda Bechtel, on vacation in The City, were worried they may not make their flight back home to Nevada.

“We had a great time, right up until this moment,” Dennis Bechtel said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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