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Smoke forces BART evacuation in San Francisco during morning commute

May 9, 2015

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) – The BART Board of Directors President said a rail break that caused a six-hour delay on their system Wednesday was concerning, but a rare occurrence in the system.The rail break was reported between the 16th and Civic Center stations during the morning commute, which caused system wide delays. The incident was followed by a power outage caused by a Mylar balloon in San Leandro near the Bay Fair station, causing additional delays. Less than 24 hours later, a train was evacuated at the 24th Street station in San Francisco following reports of smoke Thursday morning.

A BART spokesperson said the broken piece of rail has been sent to a lab for testing to determine why it broke. They also said that rail had been replaced in 2011.

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