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Man on psychiatric hold after threatening to jump from BART Concord station trackway

A 52-year-old man is in custody on a psychiatric hold after going onto BART tracks from the Concord BART station and then threatening to kill himself by jumping off of the raised trackway Wednesday evening, shutting down BART service for several hours, according to the transit agency.

The Concord resident entered the trackway shortly after 5 p.m. and refused to leave, prompted the shutdown of train service between the Concord and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre stations.

Negotiations with the man ensued for several hours, with passengers having to take bus shuttles or find other means to get around the affected area of the trackway, according to BART.

Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis/Wikimedia Commons A 52-year-old man was taken into custody and put on a psychiatric hold early Thursday, January 9, 2020 after a more than seven-hour standoff at the BART Concord station in Concord, Calif. where the man was threatening to jump from the elevated tracks.

At about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, authorities moved in and physically removed the man from the trackway. He has since been placed on a psychiatric hold and criminal charges are pending, BART officials said.

Train service between the two stations resumed as normal at the start of BART’s service schedule early Thursday morning.

BART apologized for the delays for thousands of riders’ evening commutes.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said:

“It is very difficult to replace BART’s capacity and we are thankful for our regional transit partners.” 

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