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Woman, 41, dies in ‘freak accident’ after she was dragged to her death by BART train

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Woman, 41, dies in ‘freak accident’ after her dog’s leash got stuck in the door of the train in San Francisco and she was dragged onto the track

  • Amy Adams, 41, was killed at 3:16 p.m. Monday by a BART train leaving Powell Street station
  • Adams was on the platform with a dog tied to her waist when she boarded a train bound for Dublin/Pleasanton
  • Just as the doors were closing, Adams suddenly decided to get off the train because the dog was left behind
  • The train left the station with the dog still inside, as Adams was dragged and pulled onto the track
  • According to BART, the dog was not injured










A woman was dragged to her death by a train departing from a San Francisco station after her dog’s leash, wrapped around her waist, got stuck in the doors and pulled her onto the rails.

Amy Adams, 41, was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner after she was killed by a BART train departing from Powell Street station at 3:16 p.m. Monday.

According to a statement from BART, Adams was on the platform with a dog tied to her waist when she boarded a train bound for Dublin/Pleasanton.

A woman was dragged to her death by a train departing from a San Francisco station after her dog’s leash, wrapped around her waist, got stuck in the doors and pulled her onto the rails

Amy Adams, 41, (not pictured) was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner after she was killed by a BART train departing Powell Street station at 3:16 p.m. Monday

Amy Adams, 41, (not pictured) was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner after she was killed by a BART train departing Powell Street station at 3:16 p.m. Monday

Just as the doors were closing, Adams suddenly decided to get off the train because the dog was left behind.

Adams would wave at someone, BART said.

The train left the station with the dog still inside, while Adams was dragged and pulled onto the track. The dog was not injured and there were indications that it was a service animal.

“This is a tragic loss of life and we are following all safety protocols,” said BART spokesman Alicia Trost.

Leashed or leashed service dogs are allowed on BART trains, while all other animals, including non-guide dogs, must be in carriers.

According to a statement from BART, Adams was on the platform with a dog tied to her waist when she boarded a train bound for Dublin/Pleasanton.

According to a statement from BART, Adams was on the platform with a dog tied to her waist when she boarded a train bound for Dublin/Pleasanton

Heather Griffin, who was at the Powell station after the tragedy happened, told KTVU she saw a woman named Angela holding a German Shepherd.

Griffin said the dog was wearing a service vest but had no collar or tags, which she believed belonged to the woman.

Angela took the dog to a BART station agent, who then gave it back to Adams’ roommate, Griffin said.

“She was very upset,” Griffin said. “Everyone was very sad.”

Griffin added that Angela told her she saw a mother and daughter crying because they witnessed Adams being dragged by her backpack after banging on the doors of the moving train.

“It was a rough night,” Griffin said. “Apart from all the commute.”

BART’s Chief Safety Officer is working with NTSB investigators and BART police and the investigation is ongoing.

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