BERKELEY -- The downtown Berkeley BART station closed for a half-hour Sunday afternoon after a man somehow ended up on the tracks, authorities said.

Berkeley firefighters and police responded to the underground station at 2:09 p.m. after a man in his 70s either jumped or fell in front of a Fremont-bound train, according to police and transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

The man was able to crawl out from underneath the train and it did not appear that he was struck by the train, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital and did not have visible injuries. Lt. Steve Coontz of BART police said no foul play is suspected.

The emergency shutdown the station for about a half-hour and caused delays of up to 20 minutes as trains ran on a single track through the station.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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