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Sunday, October 20, 2013

#BART Fatal Train Accident Communications Audio - 2 workers fatally struck by train “under computer control”

BART Radio Communications Tell Tale Of Train Accident That Killed Two (Audio)

BART officials have said some managers have been trained to operate the trains for maintenance purposes in the event of a strike. BART has not confirmed, however, if the train’s operator in today’s incident was a manager.
A BART police officer looks along the outside of a BART car that struck and killed two people along Jones Road in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group
  • BART police have confirmed a report of two people hit by a train on the BART track-way between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill came in a short time before 2 PM, BART police Lt. Paul Kwon said.
  • According to BART, the train that struck and killed the workers “was on a routine maintenance run with an experienced operator at the controls. At the time of the accident the train was being run in automatic mode under computer control.”

According to a statement sent by BART to media, one BART employee and a contractor were struck at approximately 1:53 PM.

The workers “were performing track inspections in response to a report of a dip in the track” BART said in their statement.

“Both people had extensive experience working around moving trains in both the freight train and the rapid transit industry,” BART said.

According to BART, track maintenance procedures require one employee to act as a lookout and to watch for oncoming traffic while the other works.
Another transmission seems to suggest that BART staff believed that there were no personnel on their tracks:

Via emailed statement, BART General Manager Grace Crunican said “This is a tragic day in BART’s history.”

“The entire BART family is grieving,” Crunican said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our deceased co-workers.”

BART has declined release the names of the victims at this time. According to Crunican, “this accident is under investigation. All the proper authorities have been notified.”

Some info from: - SF Appeal


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