BART train drags woman to death while tied to dog
SAN FRANCISCO – A BART passenger was dragged and killed by a train departing from Powell Street station while on the platform, but her dog on a leash remained inside the car, authorities said on Tuesday .
The San Francisco medical examiner identified the woman as Amy Adams, 41, of San Francisco.
Adams had a dog strapped to her waist and had boarded a train bound for Dublin / Pleasanton on Monday around 3:15 p.m. in San Francisco, but “at the very last second, just as the doors were closing,” she said. disembarked, leaving the dog inside the train, BART said. (BART did not specifically identify the woman by name.)
Adams also appeared to be waving to someone, officials said.
BART officials said the train left with the dog inside and the woman was dragged and pulled onto the track.
“This is a tragic loss of life, and we are following all safety protocols,” said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
The dog was not injured.
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BART said there was no visual indication the dog was a service animal, but this is under investigation.
BART allows assistance dogs on a leash or harnessed on trains while all other animals, including non-assistance dogs, must be on carriers.
Heather Griffin, who works in a dental office in San Francisco, was at the Powell station after the tragedy.
She saw a woman named Angela holding a German Shepherd, who wore a service vest, but did not have a collar or tag, which she said belonged to the woman.
Angela said she had a “really bad feeling,” so she ended up taking the dog to a BART station agent, who then returned it to Adams’ roommate, Griffin said. Angela waited for this meeting to happen.
“She was very shaken up,” Griffin said. “Everyone was very sad.
Griffin also said Angela told him she saw a mother and daughter cry because they saw Adams being dragged by her backpack after knocking on the doors of the moving train.
“It was a tough night,” Griffin said. “Aside from all the commuting problems.
The Powell Street station was closed for about two hours.
BART’s Security Officer works with National Transportation Safety Board investigators and the BART police and the investigation is ongoing.
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Lisa Fernandez is a reporter for KTVU. Email Lisa at [email protected] or call her at 510-874-0139. Or follow her on Twitter @ljfernandez.