With the dog's leash tied around her waist, the woman jumped out of the train but her dog was still inside.
A bizarre accident led to a woman painfully losing her life after being dragged along the platform by a train. Identified as 41-year-old Amy Adams, the woman was killed in the accident at the San Francisco Powell Street BART station in the afternoon of Monday, September, 13.
Along with her dog, Amy boarded the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train with the leash of her German Shepherd tied around her waist. Right after she got onto the train, Amy reportedly jumped out right before the doors closed. When Amy stepped out of the train, she was also seen waving at somebody on the platform.
"At the very last second, right as the doors were closing," Amy stepped out, according to BART officials, as reported by FOX 5. Although she safely made it out onto the platform, her dog was unfortunately still inside.
Within moments, the train began departing from the station with the dog still inside. Amy was then pulled onto the track and dragged along with the train.
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"It was pretty traumatic," said Mike Sim, a witness who saw the horrific incident, as quoted by ABC7. "It was kind of like dut, dut, dut, dut, dut," Mike added. "...Everybody was in shock."
Acting as fast as he could, Mike said that he picked up a phone on the platform and informed a BART attendant about the situation. "You need to stop the Dublin train that just left Powell Street cause there's somebody stuck on the door and then she goes OK, OK, you know, we'll contact them," Mike said.
Right after he saw Amy getting dragged with the train, Mike spoke to a man who was visibly distraught on the platform. "He said, 'My girlfriend, my girlfriend,'" Mike added.
Another commuter named Heather Griffin, who was at the Powell station, revealed that she came across a woman named Angela holding onto the German Shepherd dog after the tragic accident.
Angela revealed that she had a "really bad feeling" and even saw a mother and daughter crying at the station because they witnessed Amy banging on the train's doors and then getting dragged by her backpack. Angela took the German Shepherd to a BART station agent, and the dog was eventually reunited with Amy's roommate.
"She was very shaken up and everyone was very sad," said Heather. "She met also a lady and a lady's daughter that said they saw the victim getting dragged by the train." Following the incident, investigations began and the National Transportation Safety Board will be surveying the looking at the functionality of the door system as well as speaking to witnesses.
The preliminary report is going to lay out the facts and the circumstances of the accident it will not be analytical it won't point to a cause or factor," said Peter Knudson, NTSB spokesman, as quoted by ABC7. "Are there ways we can change a practice or a system or training or equipment in order to break that accident chain in the future."
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