Two transit workers die as strike goes on

Feds are investigating an accident that killed two BART employees during a track inspection

Topics: BART, Bay Area, San Francisco, Workers, Strike, transit workers, Unions, The Labor Movement, Labor,

Two transit workers die as strike goes on BART system train (Credit: Wikimedia)

Just 48 hours after BART workers went on strike over pay and workplace rules, two workers were struck and killed by an out-of-service train during a track inspection.

On Sunday the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 canceled picket lines for the day to attend a vigil for the deceased workers. The strikers — around 2,000 transit employees — will resume picketing on Monday. Meanwhile federal authorities are investigating the deaths.

The New York Times reported:



Two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived from Washington on Sunday and were briefed by BART officials. At a news conference Sunday afternoon, Jim Southworth, the investigator in charge, said the agency did not yet know whether the strike would play a role in the investigation.

“My concern coming out here, as it is in every investigation, is to find out what happened,” Mr. Southworth said. But he added that the training of the workers would be examined.

Mr. Southworth said his team would view information from digital recorders inside the train’s cab, examine the track and equipment, and conduct interviews.

Transit system employees have been embroiled in a dispute for months with BART management over wages, safety procedures, pensions and health benefits.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.

    Domino's

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.

    Arby's/Facebook

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.

    KFC

    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    Pizzagamechangers.com

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.

    7-Eleven

    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...