Suicide Likely In BART Train Death

A person on the tracks of a the Balboa Park BART was struck and killed by a train on March 22. Photo Courtesy BART.

SAN FRANCISCO—A person on the tracks near the Balboa Park BART station was struck and killed by a train on Sunday, March 22.

The station, located at 401 Geneva Avenue, closed at 12:30 p.m. following reports of a person underneath the eastbound train. The closure, which affected trains traveling in the San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae and East Bay directions, lasted the majority of the afternoon ending at 4:49 p.m.

Discussing the possibility of a suicide,  Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman James Allison told the San Francisco News, “BART police’s investigation indicates the deceased male voluntarily acted to enter the trackway in a manner consistent with suicides.”

Allison said that there have been suicides in the past. The last suicide occurred on January 14 at the Powell Street station.

“BART is actively developing a suicide prevention program with other organizations but, because it is in development, it would be premature to discuss specifics,” said Allison.