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The reason a BART train got stuck in the Berkeley hills tunnel Wednesday morning is that an electrical short caused the emergency brakes on one of its cars to suddenly activate while it was traveling at full speed at about 70 mph, a spokeswoman for the transit agency said.
BART spokesman Alicia Trost said shorts are “quite rare” for BART and have only happened three times this year.
Jim Allison, another spokesperson for BART, said the 10-car train, which was traveling from Pittsburg/Bay Point to San Francisco International Airport and was carrying 600 to 700 passengers, gradually stopped on its own when the brakes activated at about 8:20 a.m.
The brakes are friction brakes that have pads and the activation of the brakes created brake dust that got into the impacted train car from its intake system, Allison said.
The train was stuck in the tunnel for about an hour but finally arrived at the next station, the Rockridge station in Oakland, at 9:34 a.m.
Oakland fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said medical crews treated 11 passengers at the station, nine of whom were taken to local hospitals with breathing problems and other issues. She said there didn't appear to be any major injuries and there wasn't a fire or any smoke.
Drayton said medical personnel came to the Rockridge station at 8:45 a.m. and had the situation under control by 10:30 a.m.
BART's Orinda and Rockridge stations were closed while the train was stuck in the tunnel and BART service was impacted for several hours, as some trains were operating at reduced speeds for a time.
Allison said BART resumed full speeds on both of its tracks at 11:25 a.m. but there were still residual delays until noon.
Allison said the materials on the brake pads that were affected in the problem today are “organic,” meaning that they are carbon-based and don't contain any toxic materials that might have harmed passengers.
He said the train that was stuck in the Berkeley tunnel was taken out of service at the Rockridge station and was then moved to the nearby MacArthur station in Oakland.
Allison said the train would be taken to one of BART's maintenance yards when BART service shuts down for a few hours overnight.
Will Wilkins, 42, made it back home in Brentwood after sitting for an hour on the disabled BART train.
Wilkins was heading from Pittsburg/Bay Point to his IT job in San Francisco when the train stopped in the tunnel.
“At first when the train stopped, people were annoyed,” said Wilkins.
But when a smell, which he described as similar to electronics burning, and a visible haze filtered into the car, people became concerned, he said.
He said after a while the smell dissipated and “that's when people got more jovial.”
Initially he, and his fellow passengers, thought the train was burning, he said.
“I instantly took inventory of everything I had and consolidated it,” said Wilkins. “I wasn't going to panic; it wouldn't serve a purpose.”
The train operator at one point walked the length of the train and told those more affected by the smell to head to the front cars.
Wilkins said there were some people in his car coughing and others who were sensitive to the air quality.
His car, filled mostly with commuters, who were all on their phones once the train stopped, he said.
Wilkins said social media was more informative than information BART was telling passengers. He read some tweets aloud to those sitting near him, he said.
Once the train eventually made it to Rockridge station on its own power, Wilkins said he didn't feel well with a splitting headache. He waited for trains to resume service and decided to not go into the office.
Given the long-lasting ordeal and potential for chaos, he said, “Everyone handled it really well.”Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:30:18 -0800
Someone has stolen more than two million passwords from users of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others and posted the sensitive information online, according to security firm Trustwave.
The firm recently discovered the data had been posted to a website written in Russian.
Yet, experts tell KTVU that individual users around the world, not the social media sites, were the actual targets of malicious software known as “malware.”
“It's just really to do with their popularity. It's nothing to do with the inherent security of the sites themselves,” said Internet security expert, Ken Baylor.
Baylor has served as chief security officer for several companies and says he's very familiar with the malware used to collect the sensitive data. It allows hackers to record every keystroke of infected users.
“Every time you log into your bank, every time you log into Facebook, every time you log into Google... everything is written down and then sent off to a server,” said Baylor.
Experts warn the biggest mistake is password reuse, or repeatedly relying on the same password across several accounts.
Facebook told KTVU it has reset the passwords of any users who were compromised.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson wrote:
“Facebook takes people's information security extremely seriously and we work hard to protect it. While details of this case are not yet clear, it appears that people's computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape information directly from their web browsers.”
Google pointed users to the following on-line resources for protecting their passwords:
In Orinda, anger, frustration and a sudden influx of stranded BART riders caused what some are calling 90 minutes of madness.
Orinda business owners say Wednesday morning’s BART problems turned the usually quiet town into a mob scene.
Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday BART commuters traveling west were ordered off the train at the Orinda station after a train operator was warned about smoke and a disabled train ahead.
"There were no announcements, nothing, just 'leave the station, your tickets will work later don't worry,'" said Darlene Calimlim of Clayton.
Commuters say they waited and waited, checked their phones and waited some more.
"It’s frustrating because I was supposed to be at school at 10, so just waiting and everyone here is waiting, so it's upsetting," said Freshta Ahmad of Vacaville.
Many of the frustrated flocked across Highway 24 to Orinda's Theater Square.
"(They were) huddled in front of Starbucks across the street on the sidewalk all dressed in black, I thought we were going to have a flash mob," said Orinda business owner Fiona Fellner.
It was no flash mob, but rather a 90-minute business boom.
But the hundreds of stranded commuters, who've already endured strikes, threats of strikes, slowdowns and interruptions this year, seemed to get angrier by the minute.
"I am very, very upset about all this because I was on my way to work, I am very upset, there is always something going on with BART," said Sandra Little of Antioch.
Ironically, also stranded at Orinda on her way to work, was BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
"We have a very good on time performance rate, but when something goes wrong it's not fun, especially when you have to be at work on time and we absolutely understand that," said Trost.
As commuters finally boarded their trains, several were overheard muttering that they planned to find some other way to get to work.Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:14:04 -0800 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories