BART's Balboa Park Station in San Francisco temporarily closed on Friday after a man reportedly jumped underneath a train — which brought multiple police officers and firefighters to the scene.
On Saturday, we reported that a "major medical emergency" caused system-wide delays on BART and prompted one train to be completely evacuated at the Balboa Park Station. At the time, no details were released on the specifics of the medical emergency.
However, over the weekend, BART shared that the medical emergency involved a man who had jumped on the train tracks in an apparent suicide attempt.
According to KRON4, a train controller reported a man underneath the train at the station. Once alerted, multiple first responders arrived on the scene to search for the victim; witnesses had prior reported seeing the man jumping down onto the track as the train was coming.
The victim was eventually located — injured but still alert. The man was promptly taken to a nearby hospital and placed on an involuntarily 5150 hold, which allows an adult who is experiencing a mental health crisis to be involuntarily detained for a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization hold when found to be a danger to others, or to himself, or herself, or themselves.
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If you are in crisis, text "BAY" to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential crisis support from Crisis Text Line. And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you or they should call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention crisis line at 415-781-0500.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.