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Officials Say Woman Jumped In Front of BART Train Last Night and Survived

embarcadero bart station crowded after medical emergency at montgomery station
Photo via @JimMcNutty

Officials have confirmed that the woman who was under the BART train yesterday evening had jumped in front of it, but that she survived, according to SFAppeal. At about 4:50 p.m. on Monday, we got word via Twitter from witnesses that Montgomery station was closed due to a medical emergency. BART was single-tracked and bypassed Montgomery station, which reopened around 6:15 p.m. There were massive crowds at other stations. Traffic above ground was also delayed.

From SF Appeal:

Investigators used witness statements and video to reach the conclusion that the woman jumped from the platform shortly before 5 p.m., BART police Lt. Paul Kwon said. The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but Kwon did not know the extent of her injuries.

SFWeekly says that the woman was treated for head injuries but was still talking. She’s expected to survive.

News: Montgomery Station Reopened After Report of Person Under BART Train

embarcadero bart station crowded after medical emergency at montgomery station

Update: 6 p.m.

Passengers report that Montgomery Station has re-opened after the person under the train was transported to the hospital. @SFBART says that service restoration is in progress.

KTVU reports that although the station has re-opened, other stations are still jam-packed with passengers.

Update: 5:49 p.m.
Riders are packed at other BART stations due to the Montgomery Station closure, as seen in the above photo from the Embarcadero Station from @JimMcNutty.

Original post (5:32 p.m.):
The Montgomery BART station is currently closed after reports that a person is under a BART train. Fire trucks and police vehicles are in front of the station, as witnesses on Twitter report. As of 5:32 p.m., the station is still closed and there are delays SFO, Daly City, and Millbrae bound trains, according to KRON4. In the photo below, passengers are jam-packed in the train as they await for the delay to clear up.

montgomery bart crowded
Photo by Tolebon

More from riders:

The Chronicle’s Vivian Ho tweeted that the person under the train is still alive and being transported to a hospital to treat for head injuries.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

Transit News: Muni Driver Accused of Insurance Fraud, BART Bedbugs

california cable car by sirgious

This week’s transit news for you, which we can best sum up as, “Don’t touch anything on BART.”

  • Muni driver accused of fabricating attack (SFGate)
  • BART rider finds bedbug on SFO train (ABC)
  • Crews working on plan to repair Quint St. Bridge in San Francisco (ABC 7)
  • BART board approves 37% raise for general manager, more (Patch)
  • Teen gets long sentence for shooting at San Leandro BART station (Contra Costa Times)

Video: NYC subway riders menaced by large rat


New York City commuters turned pretty much hysterical this week after spotting a large rat scampering around their subway car. According to the New York Daily News, the rodent boarded the downtown A train during the morning commute, leaving riders trapped on the train with it as they traveled through a tunnel. A pretty amusing video uploaded by one of the passengers shows fellow riders standing on their seats and shrieking.

Guess living in a big city doesn’t make you immune to some things. Let’s cross our fingers that this never ever happens on N-Judah.

New Shirt Explains Your Relationship With Muni

love hate muni shirt

Passing by Union Square last Saturday I happened upon this clever Muni t-shirt by Kye, who sells the shirts with his dad, Kye Senior. Actually Kye Senior is Kye IV, a leathersmith who originally created the shirt for a Muni driver friend. He told me that he befriended the Muni driver when she started buying leather belts from him (you can find Kye’s belts at his Lifetime Leather Etsy store). One day the Muni driver told him about the “sand people” who always made her bus a mess. It turns out that many homeless people dug themselves into the sand at Ocean Beach in order to keep warm, and when police officers come by each night to rouse them, they had no other choice but to board her bus to keep warm. Unfortunately this meant that they also spilled mounds of sand all over her bus.

“I love and hate Muni!” she told him.

And right after that, Kye and his son created the shirt out of the Muni worm font in her honor.

The shirt isn’t on sale on Etsy currently but you can find Kye IV and Kye V around Union Square.

Another Muni worm tattoo surfaces

worm_tattoo

This time, the worm finds itself on some dude’s chest, over his heart, I presume. I mean, yes. But also, really? Okay, got it. Cool.

Also: Are any of you out there willing to do as this guy has done?

Previously on Muni Diaries:

Hey, That’s My Tattoo! Girl Reunites With Her Muni Tattoo
Muni Transfer Tattoo Honors Family, Bernal Heights

Via Sara (whose hashtags here seem pertinent, so I’m leaving them): “Fresh ink. #muni #sf #idiot”