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Fire on the Dublin/Pleasanton BART train. Riders were instructed to get off at West Oakland station.

OAKLAND -- Smoke billowed out of a BART train late Monday, stranding dozens passengers.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the train did not catch fire and that the smoke was likely from a "propulsion issue," though she did not elaborate. BART officials said major delays were expected on the Fremont line in the Dublin/Pleasanton direction and on the Daly City line in the Dublin/ Pleasanton, SFO and Daly City directions around 9:45 p.m.

BART rider Natalia Aldana said she was on her way home and had boarded at the Embarcadero station when she smelled smoke near where she was sitting.

"(I) smelled the smoke as people started leaving the back of the train," she said. "Everyone got off at West Oakland. I heard an announcement to get off only after the train had arrived at the platform for a minute or so."

A train did arrive at West Oakland to replace the one that had caught fire, but Aldana could not confirm if announcements were made for alternative forms of transportation or if a station agent notified passengers if the replacement train would get them to their destinations.

Trost said fire personnel were not needed to quell the smoke that was seen coming from the train. No injuries were reported.

This is the second time in the past year that a BART train has suffered from propulsion issues. In October, overheated propulsion equipment was to blame for a BART fire that forced commuters to evacuate at the Orinda station and left riders stranded for hours. The station remained closed well into the night while crews worked to clear the tracks.


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