2 Bart Workers Killed After Being Struck By Train
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — One of the unions on strike against Bay Area Rapid Transit says its members will suspend picketing today.
Amalgamated Transit Union 1555 says it's out of respect for two track workers killed by a BART train that was returning from maintenance.
Officials say the men were inspecting a section of track and the train, which had an experienced operator, was running on computer control.
BART officials say the train, operated by non-union staff members, was on a routine maintenance run Saturday afternoon when the accident took place.
BART says the dead include one BART employee and one contractor and that "both people had extensive experience working around moving trains in both the freight train and the rapid transit industry."
Officials from the two unions representing BART workers, who have been on strike since Thursday, have warned of the danger that could come with allowing managers to operate trains.