A fire started in a power substation at the Hayard Yard due to an electrical malfunction. The 1000v DC system is believed to have fed back into the Tower's 130v AC. A fire then started in the Tower and caused a considerable amount of damage to all Tower systems. Hayward FD arrived and put out the fire and cleared the Tower of smoke. A preliminary investigation by the FD's chief inspector corroborated the above. Revenue service from Bay Fair south was terminated. A second fire later started at the power substation adjacent to the Tower when there was an attempt to restore power. This fire was also extinguished by Hayward FD. As of this writing (14:30), service south of Bay Fair still has not resumed.
Trains were held for 12 minutes due to a report from the Oakland Police Department that an armed suspect who had just committed a shooting near the West Oakland BART station had fled into the station. The station and a train on the platform were searched, but the suspect was not located at the station. The Oakland Police Department later arrested the suspect near the station.
An approximately 60-year-old man was found unconscious, kneeling next to a seat, when the train reached Richmond station. According to a witness, he had been in that position since the train left San Francisco. Paramedics could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital of apparent natural causes.
Officers responded to a fight in progress on-board a Richmond train at 12th St. station between two men. Officers located a man with a laceration to his head. The train was delayed for 14 minutes while officers investigated the incident. The other party was not located. The injured man was taken to a local hospital. 0710-1662. L21.
A Pittsburg-Baypoint train was held for 9 minutes during the investigation of a man-with-a-gun call. A 29-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication. According to other patrons, he'd frightened them with his loud talk of having a gun. No weapon was actually seen by patrons. The suspect was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and his 4-year-old daughter was released to her mother.
A fire beneath a section of third rail coverboard near Richmond Station caused a 45 minute disruption in service between El Cerrito Del Norte and Richmond stations. The Richmond Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire and service was restored at approximately 0925 hrs. There was no evidence of criminal activity.
Service in and out of Richmond station was delayed for approximately 40 minutes at the request of the Richmond Fire Dept. due to a fire burning on Amtrak property near the station. Witnesses reported people throwing objects into the fire to feed it. Service was restored with no major problems aside from the dealy.
A large amount of smoke appeared at the platform level in the Embarcadero Station. The station was closed and evacuated. The smoke was cleared by station fans and appeared to have come from a train malfunction. SFFD arrived and did not locate a source of the smoke. The station was closed for approximately 50 minutes.
A brush fire adjacent to the southbound tracks between Balboa Park and Daly City stations disrupted service in both directions for approximately twenty minutes before the fire could be extinguished. The cause is yet to be determined.
San Francisco police officers chased a robbery suspect into the Powell St. station, and followed the suspect as he ran through the subway toward Montgomery St. station. The suspect was apprehended at Montgomery St. station. The robbery occurred in San Francisco jurisdiction. A roll call for San Francisco officers was conducted before train service was restored. Train service was delayed for twenty minutes. 0701-1512 L21.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing on a Dublin Train at the Bay Fair Station. After arriving, officers determined that the victim was actually severely beaten by four suspects. The suspects were apprehended in a vehicle leaving the area. The investigation is on-going.
An adult male entered onto the trackway from the West Oakland station platform. Train service was held while officers attempted to stop the suspect as he walked toward downtown Oakland. The suspect was located about a quarter mile from the station. The suspect told officers he was trying to kill himself and was subsequently transported to John George Psychiatric Pavilion. 0612-2672 L21.
One wheel of a Richmond bound train derailed as the train was about to enter 12th St. Station. Passengers were evacuated without incident by the Oakland Fire Dept. Although one person was transported to a local hospital, it isn't known at this time why. There were no reported injuries. Twelfth St. station was closed temporarily as the situation was assessed. Within minutes of the closure modified service was restored to the station.
Safeway customers reported seeing a man on the tracks north of the station near Clayton Rd. The suspect was shouting and throwing things. Police personnel boarded a train and conducted a track inspection without locating the suspect.
San Francisco PD was advised by an anonymous person that someone had placed a shopping cart onto the aerial trackway near the Daly City station. An out of service train collided with the shopping cart, and broke one of the train collector shoes. Officers arrived at the scene, but did not locate any suspects.
Officers received a report from patrons that an adult male suspect had exited the platform at El Cerrito Del Norte station and was walking along the trackway to Richmond. Trains were held out of the area. Officers located the highly intoxicated suspect along the tracks near the Del Norte station. The suspect was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for interfering with railroad operations and public intoxication.
Officers contacted a very intoxicated male who was lying on the catwalk between the R1 and R2 tracks just north of the El Cerrito DelNorte station. Subject was helped onto a train by the officers, and was arrested and booked for trespassing and public intoxication.
Richmond bound train operator approaching Bay Fair Station thought he might have seen someone on the trackway that was possibly struck by the train. The train and surrounding area was checked by the train operator and a BART supervisor. They found nothing. The train was released and then the BART Police were notified.
A male patron was struck by a northbound train as it entered the station. The victim was seen crouching at the edge of the platform prior to the train's arrival. The victim was mobile and coherent, and sustained abrasions to his arms and legs and injury to his head. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. The station was re-opened for service at 1154 hours. 0605-1856 CL L12
hrs. A man calling from a payphone in downtown Oakland claimed that four devices would explode aboard a train at Embarcadero station within 5-15 minutes. The threat was not deemed credible. As a precaution, the station and four trains were swept. No unusual objects were located and there were no substantial service delays.
According to witnesses and evidence at the scene, an unidentified man exited the platform at West Oakland station and entered the trackway. The man leaned in front of an approaching southbound train sustaining shoulder and head injuries. Officers and medical personnel assisted the man who was conscious and combative. The subject was placed on an emergency psychiatric evaluation and transported to Highland General Hospital.
Officers promptly responded to an intrusion alarm at 0740 hrs. to perform a quick and thorough inspection of the vent structure and gallery areas. Trains were held at Oakland West and Embarcadero stations until it was determined that there was no forced entry or suspicious circumstances. Train delay of 20 minutes.
At 8:00 am two subjects were overheard discussing a bomb that had been planted on a San Francisco bound train. The train was held at the West Oakland Station. The station was evacuated while a search was conducted. Nothing was found. The trains were delayed about one hour. L17
A fire started on the M-2 trackway, about 200 feet into the tunnel between Embarcadero and Montgomery stations. A train of passengers self-evacuated and walked to Montgomery. SFFD arrived and extinguished the fire. The station was kept closed until the fire department cleared and the standing water on most of the platform was removed. The station was closed either fully or partially (run throughs were eventually allowed) for about two hours. It appears as though the fire was caused by garbage being ignited by sparks, while surrounding debris and wooden railroad ties also caught fire.