MILLBRAE -- Loose boards knocking the electrical connectors off passing trains caused major systemwide delays on BART Thursday morning, officials said.

The problem was discovered around 6 a.m. on tracks between the Millbrae and SFO stations, according to BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver. The boards were striking and in some cases knocking off the "collector shoes," pads that conduct electricity from the third rail to the train.

Electricians and inspectors found and repaired one section of loose board, but they were looking for another section with a similar problem, Salaver said.

The single-tracking caused delays of up to 30 minutes systemwide. By 9 a.m., the delays were down to 5-15 minutes, but trains were still moving slowly through the area, Salaver said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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