PLEASANT HILL — A dead opossum — not just one playing the role — caused an hour-long BART track disruption that prompted bus bridges between Pleasant Hill and Concord and caused delays on the Pittsburg/Bay Point and Daly City/SFO lines, the transit agency said.

A problem with a track alignment switch, which according to BART reports involved the aforementioned marsupial, was reported about 11 a.m. on tracks near the Pleasant Hill station.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said workers performing routine maintenance were single-tracking trains in the area. At some point, an opossum got stuck in the track switch, causing the switch to repeatedly try to re-align and eventually burning out the motor.

Train service between Concord and Pleasant Hill, where the track disruption occurred, was temporarily halted. Bus bridges were set up between the Lafayette and Concord stations. Trains were brought in from Richmond to help speed up service for airport-bound passengers once they were past the bus bridge.

Train resumed normal service at 12:15 p.m.

Robert Salonga covers public safety. Reach him at 925-943-8013 or rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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