A woman died Monday as she was being dragged along train tracks in a freak accident involving her dog, according to a report from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
The incident occurred around 3:16 p.m. on Monday when the woman, identified as 41-year-old Amy Adams, boarded a train that was on its way to the Dublin, Pleasanton area in East Bay, California, according to a statement from BART. At the last second, Adams stepped off the train as the doors were closing, however her dog, tethered to her waist, remained inside. (RELATED: 18-Wheeler Collides With Train In Fiery Explosion)
BART is now confirming that a woman was dragged to her death after the doors of a train closed between her and the dog she had on a leash. Now federal authorities are looking into the horrific accident. https://t.co/DYYlUwz9n1
— KTVU (@KTVU) September 15, 2021
The train proceeded with her dog inside, dragged Adams along the platform then onto the tracks, BART said. Adams also appeared to be waving at someone as the incident unfolded, and the dog did not sustain any injuries, according to the statement.
All pets that are not service dogs are required to be in a secure and enclosed carrier before boarding a BART train, according to the Los Angeles Times. Adams’ dog did not appear to be a service dog but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating the incident, the outlet reported.
“This is a tragic loss of life, and we are following all safety protocols,” BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said, according to the statement.
BART Police are cooperating with the NTSB as the investigation remains ongoing, the statement added.