Pilot killed after small plane crashes on BART tracks

HAYWARD (BCN) -- The pilot of a small plane died after his plane went down on BART tracks in Hayward today, prompting BART to briefly halt service in the area.

The incident was first reported at 11:57 a.m., after fire officials received a report that a small, single-engine, 20-foot wingspan plane had went down near 150 Sandoval Way, according to Hayward fire Capt. Don Nichelson.

The plane went down on tracks near the Hawyard Yard, causing a small fire.

No other injuries were reported, Nichelson said.

BART initially stopped service between the South Hayward Station and the Fremont Station on the Fremont line, according to BART officials.

As of 2:30 p.m., the Union City and Fremont stations have reopened, with a 10-minute delay in the Fremont and Richmond directions, BART officials said.

The incident comes ahead of a major sporting event this evening at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, in which thousands of basketball fans packed into the arena for the final game of the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers at 5 p.m.