The two BART workers who were killed on Saturday preforming routine inspections on the tracks were veteran employees with “extensive experience” working around moving trains reports SF Gate on Oct. 19. While the BART strike is ongoing, the routine inspections and work on the tracks are still continuing, report BART officials.
This tragic accident is under investigation as the two men usually have one man inspect the tracks while the other watches for on-coming trains. At the time the train hit the two men it was on “automatic mode, under computer control,” reports BART officials.
The accident happened near the Walnut Creek station by an eastbound train carrying four cars. The two workers are identified as a transit district worker and a contractor, but their names weren’t immediately released.
The men were hit just north of the BART Walnut Creek station on the elevated tracks near Jones Road and Pimlico Drive at about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday. Neighbors near the accident said they heard a “loud boom, followed by a grinding screech that they assumed was the train breaking.”
They then saw two workers get off the train talking loudly on their cell phones and you could see that they were “clearly upset,” said Matt Moore, who lives across the street from where the two men were struck and killed.