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BART lines are seeing delays Wednesday afternoon after a person was apparently hit by a train, forcing a closure of the Lake Merritt station as medical responders work on the scene, according to BART.
The transit agency alerted riders to the closure via social media about 5:36 p.m., stating there are delays in the Dublin/Pleasanton, Warm Springs, Richmond and Daly City directions due to the medical emergency, with no direct service to Warm Springs from Richmond during the emergency, BART stated earlier. AC Transit was made available to riders while the station remained closed.
The station has since reopened as of 6:35 p.m., BART announced, an hour after Lake Merritt was initially closed.
During the closure, trains were not allowed to run through the station and trains were forced to turn back, but tracks have since reopened with residual delays expected.
BART officials confirmed that a person “ended up in the trackway for an unknown reason” and was then struck by the train. A joint rescue effort between BART police and the Oakland Fire Department ensued, according to BART Communications Officer, Chris Filippi.
The woman, who was not identified, was confirmed to be alive and is currently being treated for her injuries, Filippi stated.
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