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Woman holding dog leash dragged to death by BART train

A woman who boarded a BART train with a dog on a leash was dragged to her death after briefly stepping off the train onto the platform and being tied to the animal when the doors closed and the the train pulled away, authorities said.

The fatal crash happened at 3:16 p.m. on Monday, just after the woman boarded a train bound for Oakland at the Powell Street station in San Francisco with her dog.

“Then at the very last second, just as the doors were closing, she got off the train all the way, clearing the doors, and the dog didn’t,” Bay Area Rapid Transit said in a statement. communicated. “She seemed to be waving at someone. The train left with the dog inside the train, and the woman was dragged and pulled onto the track.

The dog was not injured.

The only animals allowed on the BART system on a leash are assistance dogs trained to work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. In the statement, the agency said: “There was no visual indication that the dog was a service animal, but it is under investigation.”

Pets that are not assistance dogs must travel in a secure and closed transport cage on the BART system.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

“This is a tragic loss of human life,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said in the statement.