BERKELEY -- Authorities are calling the death of a woman at the Ashby BART station today an apparent suicide.
A witness reported seeing the woman lying on the track seconds before she was struck by a Richmond bound train at 12:47 p.m.
The woman apparently looked up as the train approached and was struck, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.
Ashby station is currently closed it may be several hours before the station is reopened.
Major delays are occurring on the San Francisco to Richmond and Fremont to Richmond lines. Three others lines -- SFO to Pittsburg/Bay Point, Dublin to San Francisco and Fremont to San Francisco -- are operating essentially on time, according to a statement from BART.
Those planning trips from the Ashby Station should use Downtown Berkeley or MacArthur stations instead. AC Transit is providing assistance. Riders can take AC Transit buses between MacArthur, Ashby and Downtown Berkeley for free by showing their BART tickets.
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