BART Delays Linger Following Smoking Train Wednesday
BART trains were single tracking through the Orinda station Thursday morning due to a mechanical problem that caused smoke to billow up from beneath a Pittsburg/Bay Point-bound train carrying passengers Wednesday.
The train stopped at the Orinda station when smoke was reported on
the train shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost
Trost said firefighters arrived at the station at about 6:20 p.m.
and that the smoke was found to be coming from beneath the train.
Passengers were evacuated and the train went out of service, BART
police Lt. Tyrone Forte said.
At about 3:50 a.m. BART officials announced that the train remained on the tracks at the Orinda station Thursday morning and that crews are working
to cut through a 1,600-pound metal motor reactor, which must be removed from
the tracks before the train can be moved.
The disabled train will then be
moved to a yard for repairs.
BART trains will be able to single track through the Orinda
station and will be picking up passengers Thursday morning, Trost said.
According to Trost, the incident is not related to a reenactment
held Wednesday of an accident that killed two workers on the tracks Saturday.