A San Francisco woman died Monday after a train dragged her when the doors closed between her and her dog. “It was pretty traumatic,” said a witness who witnessed the incident.
The woman, who was identified as Amy Adams, 41, was on the platform at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Powell Street station Monday afternoon with her dog tied around her waist, the transit system said in a news release.
Calif. woman, 41, dies tied to her dog after being dragged by train
The woman initially boarded a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train with her dog, but decided to disembark at the last second. Although she made it off the train, her dog did not, according to BART.
The train departed with the dog inside and Adams was dragged onto the track. The dog was unharmed. It is unclear whether the dog was a service animal. The incident is currently under investigation, BART officials said.
“This is a tragic loss of life and we are following all safety protocols,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said in a statement.
“It was pretty traumatic,” said Mike Sim, who witnessed the incident, “Everyone was in shock.” Sim said that once he realized what had happened, he immediately called a BART attendant for help.
He told her, “‘You need to stop the Dublin train that just left Powell Street because there’s someone stuck at the door,’ and then she said, ‘Okay, okay, we’ll contact them.’
BART, as well as the San Francisco medical examiner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.