Woman Killed by Train at Ashby BART in Berkeley

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Monday June 27, 2011 - 03:18:00 PM

A woman was killed by a train at BART's Ashby station in Berkeley today in an apparent suicide, according to transit agency spokesman Jim Allison. 

The woman was on the tracks at the station and hit by a Richmond-bound train at about 12:48 p.m., Allison said. 

The woman was later pronounced dead and the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau is in the process of removing her body, he said. 

A witness told BART police officers that the woman's actions "were consistent with a suicide attempt," Allison said. 

The incident caused major delays between Richmond and Fremont and between Richmond and San Francisco but didn't affect BART's other three lines, he said. 

Service at the Ashby station was halted, with trains single-tracking through the station but not stopping, according to Allison. 

He said the station reopened about 3 p.m., and BART hoped to resume full service soon.