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BART station in San Francisco reopens after person found dead on train

A BART train stops at the Embarcadero BART Station in San Francisco, on June 6, 2023.
A person was found dead aboard a BART train Tuesday evening at the Embarcadero station in Downtown San Francisco. | Source: Isaac Ceja/The Standard

A BART station in Downtown San Francisco reopened Tuesday evening after a person was found dead aboard a train.

At 5:26 p.m., BART police responded to a report of an unresponsive male from community service officers checking a Dublin-bound train at the system's Embarcadero Station, according to a police statement.

When officers arrived, they found a person and administered a dose of Narcan. Moments later, San Francisco Fire Department firefighters arrived to provide care, but paramedics soon declared the male deceased aboard a train.

There were no indications of any foul play, and the station was briefly closed, BART spokesperson Anna Duckworth said.

Staffers with the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene to take possession of the body. The office identified him Thursday as Calvin Dunston, 55, of Alameda County.

Trains resumed traffic to the station shortly after 6 p.m. 

The death is the second this week on BART property, following the discovery of a man's body in a parking garage outside the Daly City station.

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Seven people died on the BART system in the first three months of the year, according to data obtained from a public records request. Nearly all were due to suspected overdoses.

Two others died Nov. 23 in Oakland and San Francisco stations, despite the administration of Narcan.

Unattended deaths on BART property have gradually ticked up over the past few years, in line with the growing severity of the fentanyl crisis. 

Last year’s 19 deaths are almost double the 11 unattended deaths on BART in 2021, a slight increase from the 10 people found dead on the system in 2020. In 2019, BART reported 12 such deaths.

George Kelly can be reached at gkelly@sfstandard.com