San Francisco woman dragged to death after leashed dog got trapped on departing train

A passenger on San Francisco's BART train was dragged to her death when her leashed dog got caught inside the train car as it departed from the station.

The passenger was identified as 41-year-old Amy Adams, the San Francisco Office of the Medical Examiner reported, according to the Bay Area Rapid Transit. Her dog's leash was attached to her waist while she was on a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train Monday afternoon. She reportedly decided to get off at the last moment, trapping her dog as the doors closed immediately behind her.

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Adams looked to be waving at someone as she disembarked, officials said. She was dragged onto the track as the train started to move, killing her. The dog was reportedly unharmed.

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

A woman identified as Angela recovered the dog on the train, returning it to Adams's roommate, according to a bystander named Heather Griffin.

"She was very shaken up," Griffin said. "Everyone was very sad. It was a rough evening."

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Griffin said she witnessed a mother and daughter crying after seeing Adams pulled onto the track after she banged on the then-closed doors of the train.

The BART's chief safety officer has initiated an investigation into the incident with the National Transportation Safety Board investigators.

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