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BART Suffers Major Systemwide Delays After Embarcadero Suicide

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BART has suffered what it's describing as a "major delay systemwide" due to what it's calling a medical emergency at Embarcadero Station.

The nature of the medical emergency: an apparent suicide that occurred when a man jumped in front of a Dublin/Pleasanton train at about 1:25 p.m. The station re-opened at 5:13 p.m.

The station was shut-down and trains were single tracked for almost four hours. The result was a scrum on the platforms of other downtown stations -- check out the claustrophobic scene on the Montgomery Street platform, above.

And there were problems at Powell Street, too:

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There were eight apparent suicides on BART's track last year, a development that prompted the agency to launched a suicide prevention campaign in April.

The agency issued a reminder today that help is available for those experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.

The Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance provides regional 24-hour hotlines for suicidal individuals. In Alameda County, the number is (800) 309-2131, in Contra Costa County it's (800) 833-2900, in Marin County it's (415) 499-1100, in San Francisco it's (415) 781-0500 and in San Mateo County it's (650) 579-0359.

More information can be found at www.bascia.org.

This post includes content from Bay City News.

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