RICHMOND -- A 45-year-old Oakland man was struck and killed by a BART train Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of the Richmond BART station for more than three hours, before it was reopened by 8 p.m., officials said.

The incident occurred shortly before 4:35 p.m., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. Richmond firefighters and BART police worked to aid the man, identified Saturday by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office as Kevin Joseph West. Based on eyewitness reports, West had gotten onto the tracks on his own and then was struck by the train, according to a BART police investigation. No other details surrounding the incident were available.

The El Cerrito del Norte station was also temporarily closed so that the tracks could be de-electrified for rescue workers, but was reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m., Trost said.

Contact Joyce Tsai at 925-847-2123. Follow her at Twitter.com/joycetsainews.



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