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BART closes South Hayward station right after substation fire

HAYWARD — BART officers shut the system’s South Hayward station just after a hearth broke out at a nearby electrical substation Tuesday evening, authorities stated.

The station shut all over 6:20 p.m. after an explosion at the substation, with Hayward Hearth Section firefighters responding to the scene.

A commuter claimed she had just exited the station and achieved her car in a parking lot when she seen smoke soaring from a parking whole lot on the station’s other side.

“I got to my auto and I saw a significant cloud of smoke and flashes of light-weight<” she said. “At first I thought it was a car that caught on fire, but the explosion of noise kept going on. Then I saw all of the first responders and fire trucks coming in.”

Station staff were turning back trains along the Berryessa line at Hayward and Union City stations, with mutual-aid service provided by AC Transit’s No. 99 line between Hayward, South Hayward and Union City stations, according to BART spokesman Chris Filippi said at 6:30 p.m.

No word was immediately available on any injuries.

In a separate issue, BART commuters briefly saw major delays around the same time due to an unrelated equipment failure issue in Downtown Oakland in the Dublin-Pleasanton, Berryessa, Richmond and San Francisco directions, but those were downgraded within minutes.

Check back for updates.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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