A woman was dragged to death after her dog’s leash became entangled in the doors of a train.
The woman boarded a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at the Powell Street station in San Francisco with her dog around 3 p.m. Monday.
The dog’s leash was attached to her waist, and just as the doors closed, she jumped off the train.
She cleared the doors but not the dog and his leash.
As the train pulled away, she was dragged along the tracks and killed.
The victim appeared to have waved to someone moments before trying to get off the train, BART officials said.
She was identified by the San Francisco medical examiner as Amy Adams, a 41-year-old local resident.
The dog was not injured.
BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said: “This is a tragic loss of life, and we are following all safety protocols.”
Police have spoken with witnesses and viewed video footage, and the National Transportation Safety Board is helping investigate the death.
A witness, Mike Sim, said he saw the woman being dragged out and spoke with a hysterical man on the dock who said the woman was his girlfriend.
Mr. Sim told KGO-TV that there was a bloodstain on the platform “about an inch and a half wide, all the way down.”
Heather Griffin told Fox KTVU that she was returning home shortly after the incident and met a woman named Angela, who was helping the dog.
“She just hung onto the dog and got off at the next station. She said the dog had no collar or tag, it was a German Shepherd and had a vest for. assistance dog. “
According to BART, trains run automatically, unless the operator manually cancels the door cycle.
The operator usually seeks to make sure passengers are clear of the doors, but officials said Ms Adam got off the train as the doors were closing – so after a visual check of the operator.