Saturday, October 19, 2013
Officials say a commuter train that's part of a San Francisco Bay Area system whose employees are on strike hit and killed two maintenance workers Saturday afternoon.
Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say the accident in the East Bay city of Walnut Creek occurred shortly before 2 p.m. as the train was on a routine maintenance operated by non-union staff members.
In a statement, BART officials say an "experienced operator" was at the controls. The agency says the train was being run in automatic mode under computer control at the time of the accident.
Union representatives have warned of the danger that could come with allowing managers to operate trains.
BART says one BART employee and one contractor who were performing track inspections in response to a reported dip in the track were killed.
According to BART, "both people had extensive experience working around moving trains in both the freight train and the rapid transit industry."