Man hit by train at Rockridge BART station

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A man was hit by a train at the Rockridge BART station late Tuesday night, causing delays along one of the system's lines. Why the person was on the train tracks is not yet known.

At around 10:02 p.m., a man was hit by an eastbound Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO train that had just entered the station, according to BART spokesperson Jim Allison. About 35 firefighters arrived at the scene by around 10:20 p.m. and extracted the man, who was stuck under the train, according to Oakland Fire Department Capt. Marshall McKee.

McKee said he could not gauge the severity of the man's injuries, though the man was still alive when he was transported to Highland General Hospital in Oakland at around 11:10 p.m.

Although the station has reopened, BART officials closed the station until 10:50 p.m. and kept one of two tracks running to continue the investigation.

"The way the investigation is being conducted by the BART police seems to indicate that they feel that this was an attempted suicide," Allison said.

Brentwood resident Donnee Kelly, who was en route to Concord with his daughter on the train that hit the man, said he thought the man might have attempted suicide because the train had already entered the station.

"His hands looked severely messed up," he said. "It appeared that he jumped in front of it - maybe he had too much to drink."

Stephanie Baer of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.


Contact Soumya Karlamangla at [email protected]

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