A woman tethered him dog was pulled over and killed Monday after a BART train began to leave a San Francisco station with the dogs inside the train and the woman climbing the platform, authorities said.
The victim, Amy Adams, 41, was on the platform of the Powell Street station with her dog’s leash attached to her waist around 3 p.m. when a couple boarded a train.
However, at the last second, officers said, he went down as the doors closed, but the dog did not.
Adams appeared to be waving at someone, BART officials mentioned. The train left the station with the dog still inside, causing Adams to pull over and pull onto the track.
Officials said there was no visual indication that the dog was a service animal, but the incident remained under investigation.
BART allows leased or harnessed service dogs on trains, while all other animals, including non -service dogs, must be on carriers, FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported.
The Powell Street station was closed for nearly two hours but later reopened.
“It was a rough night,” said Heather Griffin, a local resident, who was at the station following the incident, according to FOX 2. “Apart from all the commuting issues.”
BART Police reviewed surveillance footage and interviewed witnesses, officials said.
“It was a tragic loss of life, and we followed all safety protocols,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
The thin leash is not enough to trigger the train door sensors to reopen, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The standard procedure is for the train operator to look at the platform to make sure passengers are clear at the doors, BART officials noted. But since Adams got off the train while the doors were closing, the operator has likely turned around, FOX 2 reported.
Investigated by BART and the National Transportation Safety Board.