- Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man was fatally struck by a light rail train Saturday, forcing authorities to shut down four subway stations to investigate and causing delays for mass-transit riders heading to downtown San Francisco for the Chinese New Year parade, authorities said.

The unidentified 45-year-old man was struck around 2:40 p.m. by an outbound Muni train at the Powell Street station, Fire Department Lt. Robert Lopez said.

A train operator who was injured while hitting the brakes on the train was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, Lopez said.

Four stations under the main downtown thoroughfare - Market Street - were shut for about four hours as medical examiners and police investigated what happened. They’ve since reopened.

A preliminary investigation suggests the man may have fallen off the platform, Officer Gordon Shyy said in a statement.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency added more bus service to deal with the backup, agency spokesman Paul Rose said. He said transportation officials had anticipated thousands of riders traveling to downtown to watch the parade.

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