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Oct 19, 2013 8:08 PM by Associated Press - Posted by Zach Thaxton

San Fran BART workers hit and killed by train

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area commuter train struck and killed two maintenance workers Saturday afternoon, police said.

The accident took place on a track in Walnut Creek and comes amid a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers that has shut the system down since Thursday.

Some trains were being moved by non-union staff members as a part of routine maintenance. Union representatives have warned of the danger that could come with allowing managers to operate trains.

It was unclear how the 1:45 p.m. accident occurred. BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow confirmed the deaths to the Contra Costa Times. The newspaper said there are two tarps on the tracks about 150 yards apart.

BART officials said in a statement that they would release more information later Saturday.

BART management and union officials have been at an impasse over contract negotiations since Thursday.


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