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2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

October 20, 2013 by  

2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System, Despite a labor strike keeping trains out of service, two workers inspecting the tracks of a San Francisco Bay Area transit system were hit and killed by a train returning from a routine maintenance trip, officials said.

The four-car train with several people aboard was being run in automatic mode under computer control at the time of the accident, said Paul Oversier, assistant general manager of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, which was in its second full day of a work stoppage and was moving trains only for maintenance.

At a news conference Saturday, Oversier would not say who had been the train operator. In an earlier statement, BART said only that the person was an experienced operator.

One system employee and one contractor were killed in the accident in the East Bay city of Walnut Creek shortly before 2 p.m. The train had been at a yard where workers had been cleaning off graffiti, BART officials said.

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