Man rides BART for seven hours. He ends up dead at the end of the line

A seven-hour train ride for a passenger in the San Francisco Bay Area last week ended up with him on the train — and dead.

Passengers aboard a San Jose-bound train failed to notice that a man died during the journey, and he was not spotted until several hours later at the end of the line on Friday, Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency authorities said.

According to BART spokesman James Allison, the unidentified man boarded a BART train at Bay Fair Station in San Leandro at 6:48 p.m. Thursday. The man moved around the train until 8:22 p.m. and then disappeared from view of a security camera, Allison said.

Other passengers were moving around the train and around the area where the man was last seen on camera but didn’t seem to respond to anything unusual, Allison said. The man was found at 2:20 a.m. at the end of the railroad track during a routine check by BART scrubbers and police before the train cars were withdrawn from service.

A cleaner found the man in “apparent medical emergency” and reported this to a police officer at the Berryessa/North San Jose BART station. According to authorities, the man was unresponsive and had no pulse.

“He had drug paraphernalia in his possession and there was no evidence of third-party negligence,” Allison said.

The police began giving him medical attention and gave him a dose of naloxone, a drug that can block the effects of opioids. Emergency responders arrived at the scene, took over and reported his death at 2:55 a.m. BART police ruled the incident an unattended death.

The Santa Clara County coroner did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the man’s identity.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that in September, three people died over a week from a fatal drug overdose aboard BART trains or at a train station. Man rides BART for seven hours. He ends up dead at the end of the line

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