A BART fatality involving a train striking a 16-year-old El Cerrito High School student is the fifth death for the San Francisco area rail system since summer, three of them suspected suicides.
Fausto Delgado of Richmond, Calif., was struck by the train at approximately 5:15 a.m. at the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station, the San Francisco Chronicle reported
Delgado's death is being considered a suicide, ABC 7 KGO-TV reported
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"He was very well-loved," West Contra Costa Unified School District spokesman Marin Trujillo told reporters.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," Trujillo added. "We're doing everything we can to make sure that the students get the help that they need, as well as the family."
Psychologists consoled students at the high school, specifically Delgado's three siblings who also attended the school.
The station was closed for several hours after the death during which time a limited bus bridge was set up to accommodate the affected passengers. The station was reopened at approximately 8:15 a.m. BART spokesman Jim Allison told ABC 7.
In June, two other people are believed to have committed suicide on Bay Area Rapid Transit tracks, UPI.com reported
More recently, two maintenance workers were struck and killed by a BART train in October
The two workers were killed while performing track inspections about a mile from the Walnut Creek station in an area some 25 miles northeast of San Francisco, having responded to a report of a dip in the tracks, according to BART.
"Both people had extensive experience working around moving trains in both the freight train and the rapid transit industry," BART said.
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The tragic incident occurred during a Bart strike that had been initiated by labor unions
just days earlier.
Contract terms were reportedly at the root of the union workers' gripes, including wages, pensions, worker safety, and healthcare costs. The strike was settled days after it began with organized labor reaching a tentative agreement with management.
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