published Saturday, October 19th, 2013

2 San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit workers killed after being struck by train

This photo shows trains at a maintenance yard on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Hayward, Calif.
This photo shows trains at a maintenance yard on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Hayward, Calif.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Police from the San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit system say two employees performing maintenance have been struck and killed by a train.

Saturday afternoon's accident on a track in Walnut Creek comes amid a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers that has shut the system down. But some trains were being moved by managers.

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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