Authorities have detained a man who threw a monkey wrench in today’s morning commute by running around the MacArthur BART station and prompting the station’s closure. The problem began shortly before 5:30 a.m. when BART learned there was a man on the roof of the station, BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver said. Authorities talked him down, but then “he started running around,” Salaver said.
The man went onto the tracks, climbed on top of a train, and also ran onto nearby state Highway 24, causing the California Highway Patrol to briefly shut down some lanes. BART shut down power to the train the man jumped on and also to the tracks to prevent him from hurting himself, Salaver said.
With the tracks powered down, trains could not pass through the station, and riders were held on the stopped trains, she said. The man was finally detained at 7:12 a.m., Salaver said. Now that he is in custody, trains are again moving through the MacArthur station again but there were still major delays as of 7:30 a.m. Salaver said riders should expect delays of up to 40 minutes, especially coming from San Francisco to the East Bay as all the backed-up westbound trains make their turnarounds.
The incident also slowed the commute for drivers on Highway 24, where westbound traffic was backed up to the Caldecott Tunnel. BART trains are getting back on schedule, but Salaver said at 7:45 a.m. that a new problem had arisen involving a disabled train in the Berkeley area. She said that is slowing BART trains heading away from Richmond.
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