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Woman dragged to her death after her dog's lead gets tangled in train doors

Sky News logo Sky News 15/09/2021

A woman has been dragged to her death after her dog's lead became entangled in the doors of a train.

a large long train on a steel track: The woman had been on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in San Francisco. AP file pic © Associated Press The woman had been on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in San Francisco. AP file pic

The woman boarded a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at San Francisco's Powell Street station with her pet at around 3pm on Monday.

The dog's lead was tied to her waist and, just as the doors were closing, she jumped off the train.

She cleared the doors but the dog and its lead did not.

As the train pulled away, she was dragged onto the tracks and killed.

The victim appeared to have been waving to someone moments before trying to get off the train, BART officials said.

She was identified by the San Francisco medical examiner as 41-year-old local resident Amy Adams.

The dog was not injured.

BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said: "This is a tragic loss of life, and we are following all safety protocols."

Police have spoken to witnesses and viewed footage of the incident, and the National Transportation Safety Board is helping to investigate the death.

One witness, Mike Sim, said he had seen the woman being dragged and that he had spoken to a hysterical man on the platform who said the woman was his girlfriend.

Mr Sim told KGO-TV that there was a blood stain on the platform floor "about an inch and half wide, all the way down".

Heather Griffin told Fox KTVU that she was commuting home shortly after the incident and met a woman who was helping the dog.

"She just held onto the dog and got off at the next station. She said the animal did not have a collar or any tags on, that it was a German Shepherd and had a service dog vest."

According to BART, the trains run automatically unless the operator manually over-rides the door cycle.

The operator said an official usually looks to make sure passengers are clear of the doors but that Ms Adam got off the train just as the doors were closing - so after the visual check.

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